JAN 1936- DEC. 1936
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Nortluboro — 'Rev. Charles J Sta-
ples, 79, who retired a little more
than a year ago as pastor of the
Unitarian church after more than
a half century of active ministry.
passed away yesteiday at his
home, 95 West Main street. West-
He preached last Sunday in the
Westhoro church substituting for
the pastor, Rev. Edward MoGlen-
en. His death came as a shock to
bis many friends in this section
where lie was particularly well
known and much rjspected.
"He was a native of Pennsylvan-
ia. He was graduated from .Brrvwn
University with the degree A. B..
lu 1878, and from the Harvard
Divinity School, with the degree
S T If, in l s s l . He wa* ordained
to the ministry in 1SS2. His father
was also a Unitarian minister and
the family had lived in .Vendon
and in Lexington.
iRev. Mr. Staples ha'i a ministry
in Manchester, New Hampshire,
and then went to Burlington. Ver-
mont where he had one of the
largest Unitarian churches in Ver-
mont for IT years. From Burling-
ton he went to the Unitarian
Church in Northboro. where lie
served until 19.14. While in North-
boro he was interested in the
work of the Boy Scouts, Northbo-
ro Historical Society Mid civic-
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He leaves his wile. Mrs Grace
D Staples, and five children. Law
rence and PrlsciUa of Washington,
I) C: Bliot of Chicago: Robert of
Texas and Warren of Pennsyl-
vania. The body is in charge of
Undertaker Stanley s Stephenson
of Northboro. Burial will be in
North bo to.
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week-end of Januar; witi us.
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Sunday, January E, 1926 Cloudy
This rooming about eleven o'clock Mr. Eagon drove in
the yard with the buckboard, and the entire Holcombe party jumped
in and were taken for a ride over the estate. They certainly
were a colorful group in their bright skii suits and tarns.
It was a very pretty morning to start out on such a
ride for we had had a light fall of snow during the night.
Seven of the boys and girls left for home late this
afternoon leaving Mr and Mrs Holcome and their son for another
Linners were served to 102 guests today.
Monday, Janu ar y 6, 1956 Fair
Hrs Lmma Mc-djeska, one of our very faithful cooks, left
today for a short vacation. We are going to miss her, for she
always has a cheerful greeting for everyone. In her own odd little
accent she flatters us all by saying, "Good morning, pretty lady
or "Hello, little princess" or "Aren't ycu darling'."
Even the birds and squirrels we know will miss hearing
her call "Come on little babies," as she feeds them.
This morning very early there were swarins of birds all
chatting together and wondering, we suppose, what had happened
to their good friend.
Tuesday , January 7, 19 56
Mr Lorenzo Dame the "Roving Reporter" from the Boston
Herald, is again spending the night here.
During these quiet winter months there are many things
to do to keep us occupied. Clippings have to be posted in a
large scrapbook, the library must be checked, the diary written,
and inventory taken of everything in the house. Lie checking
a few old things in the original dining room we came across a
small glass bottle with this slip of paper in it -
"I am returning this souvinir??? because I have asked
the Almighty God to take charge of my life and affairs."
Checking back on the inventory cards we founo that a
little Betty lamp and this same little glass bottle had been
WAYSILE INN LIARY
Taken by some one in 1927. In 1933 a small package arrived without
name or address of sender, and in it we found these articles nicely-
wrapped with the slip of paper enclosec.
One wonders if the peace of mind thus brought about will
not be sufficient reward -
Wednesday, Ja nuary 8, 1956 Fair
Mrs Charles Morgan who has been resident hostess since
early fall, left Monday to stay with friends in Brookline. She
has made many friends here because of her keen sense of humor, and
her willingness to help everyone.
Just one of the many generous things she did while here
was to knit sleeveless sweaters for the men whose work at the Inn
carried them out doors part of the time.
We are all going to miss her and will be glad to welcome
Thursda y, January 9, 1956 Cloudy - Snow storm late P M
We have been having remarkable weather for this time of
year and for days the skating has been perfect.
About 4:30 this afternoon we were surprised to see huge
snowflakes falling. Inside of fifteen minutes the ground was
covered with a heavy blanket of snow and just wet enough to spoil
Clipping from Boston Post
"Wayside Amenities - Great auditorium
and forum meetings are giving way in New England
to the "tiny town meeting" idea where great and little
subjects are discussed. For instance, there's the
"Wayside Group". A group meets at the Henry Ford
Museum rendezvous in Sudbury for dinner and talk.
There' s rarely ever more than 15 and a secretary to
a college professor does the clerical work - post
card notices, etc. There are no dues - everything
Dutch, In this fraternity are E H Schell, Lionel
Carter, Grafton L Wilson, M L. Liming, ana Dr Parker
Kayden. Sometimes an archaeologist, sometimes an
explorer, a literary man, is the centre of discussion.
He's informally plied with questions. Once or twice
Henry Foro himself has been there ana joined in
distributing apples to the party as his personal
WAY SILL INN LIAHI
Friday , January 10. 1956 Fair
There must have been some very disappointed girls in
Sudbury and Marlboro toaay when they were notified that there
would be no dancing classes tonight in the ballroom. Ihe girls
have Just one little freshman to blame who developed the Mumps.
We did not hear until tooay that Mr Rosswell Blandy of
Watertown, one of our most friendly guests, had died on Ner Year 1 s
&r Blanoy has been coming for many years and being 3
te visitor to some of our boys, often stopped in to see us rhen
going to or coming from the school.
We'll miss his visits very much and know the boys will
feel that they have lost a good friend.
Satur da y, January 1 1. 1956 Fair
These spring like oays tempt young boys who have bicycles,
and today several rode over from Maynard. When asked how far they
were from home one answered, "Taking the short cut ever it was
seven miles thru the mua but we intend to return by way of the state
road which will be about nine miles!"
Mr Allan H Mac Intyre of Boston and Mr Howard S Lovel of
Plymouth are to be house guests tonight.
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s hl%izjl J an uar y 12 >J- 9 _: 56 _ Fq * r
From time bo time the cooks, the waitresses or t .e host-
esses have been mentioned in the li~ry, bit "J .ekson' 1 , our little
canary, al tho greatly admired, is seldom written about.
He aoes his snare of the entertaining "ten tries to
compete with a hostess who may be telling the story.
Mr. Cou. ter, the house man, presenter aim with tiny
bell recently and alt^o Jackson isn't quite sure whether he likes
it or not, tries it out occasionally and appears to be ouite sur-
prise! eac. time it rings.
rs. Anna Bowers ani Mr. Lyman hooker of Framingham
come up for breakfast every Sunday morning.
Emma, the cook, wants to know exactly who is ordering,
for if it is Mr. hooker she adds an extra iash of something or
other to the eggs that makes them better than anything he ever ,
S • [UN DIARY
Rain l"te P. !
A call was male by Mr. Ruff in zC the Somerville Plrnt,
reserving ' table for luncheon to . iLs guests were
Mr. Chris. H. Folland of Dearborn aid Mr. Luk. ;, :. : r. EL P.
Martin and Mr. J ck '.'.. Peterson of Detroit, M: ' an.
These men a re employe ,: by the F - ny be
i nspect Fori Plants, so consequently are travelling much of the
r. Peterson's v/ife ar tighter called on us last
simmer, and we have the little girl's picture in the liary.
We notice:! the ?ther lay that several of t LI "tones
had been placed in the field in front of the pill. One or two have
been placed in front of the mill, others 3gainst the b~nk or - stone
but all arranged so they nay be easily seen from the i -ere they
h°lo to to iks picturesqu eness.
lu e s i ■ iy J rnu ~ r y 1 ' t 1 9 5 C
The regular sewing classes were hell today far the Red-
stone and Southwest School children.
About four o'clock t rternoon thirty members of the
srican Institute of Decor tors came to go through the Inn. Ihey
-re attending a three lay convention which is being leld at the
hotel Statler in Boston.
ble remarks were he bhe; went from room I'-
room, and several said their visit to the Inn was one of the high-
lights of their trip.
The president of the Na tional Institute, Mr. Fr-^.nk
W. Richardson of N ew York, signed for the group.
TO COME BACK
Interior Decorators Say
Sentiment to Change
FRANK W. RICHARDSON
Head of the American Institute of
Decorators winch is holding its con-
tost:. --TtSH. vH v \ c \'b\"
A religious revival, probably world-
wide in scope, is on the way. With it
will come a return to family sentiment.
People will allow themselves to he more
emotional and less practical. The so-
cial customs of the gay nineties may
These predictions are made by leaders
in the field of interior decorating, archi-
tecture, and the affiliated professions.
Prominent members of these professions
are in Boston to attend the three-day
convention of the national board of
governors of the American Institute of
Decorators at the Hotel Statler.
William A. Kimbel, head of the New
York Chapter of the institute, and presi-
dent of one of the oldest decorating
Arms in the country, summed up the
change in decoration and people in a
few words yesterday as the convention
got under way.
"At present, this is, and ha6 been, a
materialistic age," he stated. "It has
been an irreligious age. People have
shown their dislike of family senti-
ment, personal emotion and such things
and have preferred instead, practical
simplicity in everything they do.
"Years of study, however, have shown
us that the trend runs in cycles. The
purely practical thing can never satisfy
a human being for a great period. So
that it is safe to predict that in a few
years, how soon we do not know, we
shall find that the opposite phase is be-
ginning to appear.
The convention, which opened .yester-
day, will continue today and tomor-
row. The president of the National
Institute is Frank W. Richardson of
New York, and John R. Reardon, Jr.,
is president of the Massachusetts Chap-
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ffedn esday t Ja nuary 15 r 1956 Clou ly
Dancing classes were held this afternoon. Mr. Young an-
nounced there would be no Friday evening classes this week because
the boys are still in quarantine. So far no new cases of MUMPS have
developed in the schools.
Mr. Coulter picked some pussy willows near the sun
Large covered glass jars have replaced the open bowls
and preserve jars used for o. ives, pickles and relishes in the pan-
try and are a great improvement.
Thursday, January 16 , 1956 Fair
There has been so much iiscussion in the past about
bills that we have become two iollar bill conscious. We never give
-me for change wit nout first inquiring if it is agreeable to the one
who is receiving it.
Clipping from Boston Post
A friend who handles considerable pa-
per money in the course of a day's work
was speaking of the £2 Mils which some
persons consider "unlucky". Ke said:
I observe many sorts of mutilation of
such bills. Some are torn and then hast-
ily pasted together; corners are torn
off; they are used as memoranda for tel-
ephone numbers, etc., ani the latest spe-
cimen showed evidence of having been used
to ligr.t a cigarette, as the end was
charred for about an inch of its length.
Cashiers carry very few $2 bills,
and payrolls do not seem to require
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Ihursda2 x _J anuarx_16 x _19S6 ( continued)
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Pictures showing props
which have been placed
under the limbs of one
of the o?k trees to pro-
"But noon and night, the panting teams
Stop unier the great oiks, that t'*,row
I angles of light and shade below
On roofs and doors and winlow-sills.''
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Friday, January 17, 1956
When Miss Dorojtbj: Landall, t.,e teacher in t:,e Redstone
School, came in this morning for her key, she was carrying a i^rge
pasteboard box and a paper bag well f iile -i . What she had in them
stial remains a mystery, but she mentioned t: -^t today being -> very
special lay she had pi-^nne f ° party. A party to c ildren generally
meons s met.-ing to eat, so we have ir-iwn our >wn conclusions as to
what sl±e may have been carrying .
This special iay is ti.e n'nt - anniversary of the opening
of Redstone School.
M r. and Mrs. Morse who came a short time ago, come again
for luncheon today. Ihey looker! arouni for a while and finally went
to the b^r room to chat.
Mr. Morse said to ^ne ~f the hostesses, " A'hile we were here
on our last visit we absorbed some of the atmospnere of the Inn.
A fey; days later as I was driving along my thoughts went from the I^n
to Mr. Ford, an I fina ly to the Lincoln car. I decided right then and
there to bay a Lincoln Z ephyr. So that's '/'hers y.u sold a carl"
Professor Edgar II. Barker who has taught at the Lowell Pex-
ti e Institute fot over t. irty years, explained to us toi^y t e entire
process of flax raising an I spinnin. .
Professor Barker brought with him a young student, Sidney
Town send of Leeds, England.
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Saturday, Jfigftgary 18, 1956
The first big snow storm to boast ab ut, and the weither man
predicts another day of it at least.
THE ROVING REPORTER
Rover at School Near Wayside Inn — Hears Pupils Recite New
Year Resolutions to Nice Teacher — Memories Evoked —
His Own Pledge for 1936— Will He Keep It?
Miss Dorothy Landall, the teacher,
sat the Rover down in the rear of
the Mary Lamb school near the
Wayside Inn. For all he knew, or
cared, he was occupying the dunce
corner. That would not be new for
him. although it was decidedly novel
to be sitting in this ancient red
schoolhouse to which Mary took her
The Rover felt something sweep
over him. He felt the years slide
away, a sudden warm glow of ap-
parently new and yet familiar life
creep into his senses. In short, he
seemed a child again, 5 or 6 years
old, sitting with children of Jjis own
age before a teacher who was almost
too nice to be true.
There on a hook beyond the old-
fashioned wood stove was the sailor
hat mother used to make little Rover
wear, with odious ribbons hanging
down the back. He was sporting his
favorite blouse, however, with a red
eagle embroidered just above the
breast pocket where he kept his
jackknife. He had corduroy trous-
ers which rubbed musically when he
walked, which he had sneaked into
that morning and which had been
discovered by mother too late for
her to put on the ones that matched
It was the day on which the chil-
dren had to recite their new year's
resolutions to Miss Landall.
"I am going to try to be good in
school, dancing and all my work,"
piped a tow-haired girl in front of
the Rover's wooden bench.
"I am going to do much better in
school," said a boy with red hair.
"I will be good in 1936 and . . ."
The Rover almost saw tht boy swal-
low the *1937" which the rashness
of his enthusiasm had prompted.
It was not heard.
"I am not going to whisper in
arithmetic, nor turn around and
bother others while they are work-
ing," said a girl with dignity and
and in somewhat the precise way
of Miss Landall's own speech.
"I am not going to wink at visi-
tors when they come to see our
school," promised a bright eyed
"I am going to drink my soup
every day," said a gastronome in
"I am going to finish everything,
because sometimes I don't," de-
clared a girl, with a curtsy to Miss
The next boy droned : "I am going
to resolve to pJay fairly and not to
cheat. I am going to try to remem-
ber to put my handkerchief over
my mouth when I cough or sneeze
at school, and at home, too." Teacher
looked pleased at this proof thau
hygiene lessons had been learned.
"I am going to get better marks
this year," said another aspirant for
Then the Rover, whose adult ears
had been attuned to this faithfully
reported series of class promises, but
whose person and history seemed to
have shrunk to the size of the prom-
isers, suddenly thought of his own
New Year's resolution. Its adult
pomposity was a draught of black
magic, restoring him to the state of
his never mind how many actual
"I will try this day to live a simple,
sincere and serene life, repelling
promptly every thought of discon-
tent, anxiety, discouragement, im-
purity and self-seeking; cultivating
cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity
and the habit of holy silence, exer-
cising economy in expenditures,
carefulness in conversation, diligence
in appointed service, fidelity to every
trust and a childlike faith in God."
So with this unoriginal souvenir
of his addle-pated start of 1936, the
Rover realized that he could never
again be a child, but that he could
still take lessons in benevolent sim-
plicity from the children whose re-
solves he had just heard.
V»e h-^.ve men-
t med t e Roving Re-
porter's mme in the
diary ften to ring
these Inst few weeks
because of his fre -
quent visits, so todiy
we ~re simply entering
his article from the
Boston Herald with ut
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Thursday, January 2C, cont.'.nued
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I he long bearded old man dressed
in white has again a ppeared. \'ie
welcome hin and cordia lly invite
h\ to stay awhile.
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Thursday, _ January 23 2 1936 Fair, Cold and
Miss Florence Fisher of the hoLtess staff wrote
a short article about the Inn which she read to neabers
of the Church of the Disciples Inst evening. They were
all very mtsh interested in the story for Many of then
had been here before. Others who hadn't been here ex-
pressed a desire to cosae.
A lovely pheasant has annexed herself to Sana's
family of birds.
££iday, January 24, 1936 Fair, Windy, Cold
It has been very cold all day and the wind has
blown through every conceivable place. The snail dining
rooa which is usually so warm and cozy, could not be
used. Three guests eaae in about noon and were so nearly
frozen they sat down on the hearth in front of the fire 9
place to thaw out before having luncheon.
We are looking forward to a busy spring and suia-
aer, that is if we can judge correctly by the nuaber of
inquiries coining in.
The suamer months sees to be the most popular
time for conventions and reunions but aenbers of the Am-
erican Caaping Association are considering March 7th as
a tentative date to entertain two hundred guests at
The Eastern Steamship Goapany also inquired a-
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Friday, January 24, 1936 (continued)
bout tourist groups coming every Monday for luncheon dur-
ing the summer.
Mr. Thomas of the Gray Line submitted menus
from the Inn for a party of one hundred or more on May 20th
and during the s?fae month Mrs. R 1 Cutter of "."orcester
hopes to entertain seventy at luncheon.
The Zonta Club members evidently enjoyed their
last meeting here and have made a definite reservation for
some time in October for 100-150. October seems a long way
off but members througout the United States must be noti-
fied of their meeting place between now and then.
Saturday, January 25, 1936 Fair
Very few school groups come to the Inn during the winter
monthe so we were rather surprised this afternoon when
twenty nine girls and boys from the Providence St. Junior
High School of "'oreester, filed in.
Miss Lula Mills and Miss Elizabeth Putnam, tea-
chers of art in this school, had taken the children to :ee
the glass flowers at Harvard and to the Art Museum, before
coming here, "e are always pleased when children come back,
to the bar to buy postal cards, for we know then that it ha
has made an iaores: ion on them.
•"AYS IDE INN DIARY
j^nd^y^_J^nuarv i _26 il _1936
From year to year we look forward to the Retreat
of the Universalis t Ministers and the time has age in ar
-rived for them to celebrate their thirty-fourth.
Dr. Vincent Tomlinson of V/orcester end Mr. Albert
Hamme$t of Longmeadow were as usual the first to arriue
today. They like to be here to greet the others.
We expected the usual number of six or seven to
stay tonight, the others following in the morning, but
were pleasantly surprised each time we opened the door
to see two or thaee more, bringing the total uo to six-
The last to arrive were Dr. Frank Hall of New
York, and Dr. Theodore Fischer of New Haven, Conn, who
came on the New York train. They were met in Framingham
by Mr. Estabrook, arriving here about ten o'clock.
At quarter of eleven they were sitting around the
fireplace anjoying their pipes, but what happened after
that time is unknown to us, for we disappeared, leaving
them in charge of the Inn.
The names of the ministers who arrived
Dr. Vincent Tomlinson Dr. Roger Etz
Mr. Albert Hammett Dr.
Dr. Richard Sykes Dr.
Mr. Seth Brooks Mr.
Dr. John Van Schaick Dr.
Dr. William Wallace Rose Mr.
Dr. Lee McCollester Dr.
Dr. Frederic Perkins Mr.
W H McPher son (Guest)
M A Kapp
G H Leining
Fred G Leining
-AYS IDE INN DIARY
Sund£jr i _Januar^_26 1 _1936 - _ (coat . )
THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL RETREAT
South Sudbury, Mass.
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January 27-28-29, 1936
Prior - Frater Frank Oliver Hall
Monday, January 27
3:00 P.M. Twilight Hour
"My Most Difficult Problem"
Leader: William Wallace Rose
8:00 P.M. Illustrated Lecture
"Korea, Manchukuo and China"
Vincent E Tomlinson
Tuesday^ January^ 28
9:30 A.M. Business Meeting
10:00 A.M. "Is Man the Unknown?"
Leader: John van Sckaick, Jr
3:00 P.M. Twilight Hour
"World -Renouncing Men"
Leader : Max A Kapp
5-6 P.M. Quiet Hour
8:00 P.M. Social Evening
Wednesday, January 29
10:00 A.M. Upper Room Service
Leader: Lee 3 McCollester
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Monday, January 27, 1936
TTe feel that the ministers are having a wonderful
£ime. There seems to be a restful atmosphere everywhere.
This year we have planned nothing in particular, feeling
that they would rather plan their own activities, but
they full> understand that any wish they may have will
Soon after lunch several of the group went up to
the ballroom and sang. Their voices blended beautifully-
the kind of blending that makes the tightening of one's
77e were told that they are forming a chorus of
ministers, and have had the pleasure of herring their
"'e noticed outdoors during the afternoon two of
the men throwing rubber horse shoes over the radiator
cap of a oar, and indoors a game of Badmonton was being
played in the large ball room.
This evening all were cordially invited to the lee
-ture given by Dr. Tomlinson on "Korea, Manchukuo and
China". Dr. Tomlinson was attired in a beautiful red ki-
mono, evidently brought by hirr, from the Orient.
The entire group formed in the bar room before
the lecture singing the first verse of "Holy, Holy, Holy"
and as they marched to the parlor, sang the remaining
verses of the hymn.
34th Annual Retreat
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, January 28, 1936 Fair
Our guests are all early risers, and by eight
o'clock are usually seated in the Old dining room for
Dr. Perkins, a very dignified gentleman, has
been jollied considerably about his a^Detite. and this
morning when asked if he cared for more sausage he said,
"No tt . In an instant all joined in with much gusto, "No,
No, a Thousand Times, No. 1
This year they seem to be musically inclined
and hardly a meal passes without a sng of some sort.
Dr. George Huntley and Dr. Leroy Goons arrived
at ten o'clock in time to hear Dr. van Schaick's talk,
"Is Man the Unknown," which took place in the old kitchen,
the favorite place for all activities.
Eighteen ministers and three guests enjoyed having
dinner in the old kitchen, but the big event of the even-
ing was the spelling bee! On the table in the centre of
the room reposed the authority of the evening: Webster's
dictionary! This dictionary was presented by Miss Mabel
Welch for €he special use of the Universalist Ministers'
Retreat and was first used at the time-honored spelling
game on Jamie ry 24, 1928.
The men have been marking the ice on Josephine
Pond today- the signal for a snow storm.
Wednesday, ^January 2S, 1936 Fair
The communion service which was held this morn-
ing brought the thirty-fourth Retreat to a close. Some of
the ministers left immediately after the service, ten only
remaining for luncheon.
TJe who have been fortunate to be here with this
fine group of men, look forward with pleasure to their
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Je^nesday, January 29, 1936 (cont.)
The complete list
Retreat is as follows;
Dr. Vincent E Tomlinson
Mr. Albert Hammett
Dr. Richard E Sykes
Mr. Seth Roger Brooks
Dr. John van Schaick
Mr. William Wallace Rose
Dr. Lee McCollester
Dr. Frederick W Perkins
Dr. Roger Etz
Dr. Frank Hall
Mr. Wallace G Fiske
Dr. Theodore Fischer
Mr. MA Kapp
Dr. G H Leining
Mr. Fred C Leining
Dr. E Dean Ellenwood
Dr. Leroy Coons
Dr. George Huntley
of ir.en who attended the
Med ford, Mass.
New Haven, Conn.
Dr. ... H McPherson, President of the Universalist General
Convention - Guest for entire Retreat.
Mr. V A Friend, Melrose, Mass. -\
Mr. Robert W Hill, 3alem,Mass. [ Dinner guests Jan. 27th
Mr. A Bicknell, Belmont, Mass. J
We have had several inquiries since the snow
storm regarding sleighing parties. Mrs. William Ames of
North Easton, Mass. entertained her guests in the old kit-
chen at one thirty, and after dinner Mr. Egan took them
for a sleigh ride. Knowing that they weren't used to rid-
ing in the open, we anticipated tingling feet and hands,
so on tneir return they found roaring fires and a bowl of
rosy apples waiting for them.
Mrs. Ames sleighing pary. (Mr. Thomas Egan, Driver).
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, ^January 30 a 1936 Fair
Miss Dorothy Landall brought her little pupils from
the Redstone School to go through the Inn today." The older
children v/ho had been through the Inn before remembered
many of the things, and were eager to tell Miss Fisher a-
bout them_ instead of waiting while she told the younger
ones. It is really quite amusing to stand in the back-
ground and listen to the remarks of the children. It isn't
an uncommon occurrence to be wedged between a grouo of
them, being nearly suuffocated from the heat of the fire-
place, while they eagerly listen to explanations of early
ligatmg, etc. y
More and more birds are coming every day , nd now rQ
are feeding then cracked corn and oats from the mill. Much
ol it is being placed around the front of the Inn and late
-xy we have seen several pheasants raingline with the other
biros. Jackson, our little canary, seemed quite excited
by tne unusual number of birds in the lilac bush outside
his window and while flitting excitedly from ^erch to
perch, burst forth with a beautiful song.
This article by Dr. van Schaick, one of our rainis-
uar%5 PP 1936^ ^ ^ pa?er ' " The Chri - S tisn Leader", Jan-
Out at the Wayside Inn
one winter day after a heavy
snow storm, the sun came out
so bright and warm that it be-
fean to thaw. We were in the old
kitchen listening to a deep dis-
cussion and beginning to get tired
when a flock of black-capped chic-
kadees lighted on a trellis cov-
ered with the dried up branches
of a perennial vine, and for the
reot of the session they out on a
beautiful exhibition of searching
every possible place in that corner
for food. The drip, drio of the
water down the long icicles, the
vine free from snow, the beauti-
ful active little birds, the glit-
tering snow fields, the blue sky,
and the sun pouring into the old
kitchen, remain in my conscious
mind, while the speeches have all
gone down deep in the subconscious.
^i c i?Y» -January ^31, 1936 Fair
Dr. and~M?£:~Lyman~Hoyt of Brookline and their two
children, Mary Joanna and George, came today. They are
Planning to be with us until Sunday afternoon and are
occupyamg the Jerusha and Garden rooms.
Wayside Inn Diary
Thursday, _ January 30, 1936 (cont.)
Boys filling ice house near Josephine Po
T "AY3IDE INN DIA^Y
Saturday, February 1, 1936. Fair
The waitresses are enjoying the heat from the ra-
diator which has been installed in the pantry. The pantry
being on the north side of the house and having five
large windows, has been very cold and hard to heat.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Dr. And Mrs. Lyman Hoyt and family of Brookline
who have been here since Friday, left today. They have
been having a wonderful time, for all are extremely fond
of out door life and have had perfect weather for skiing,
skating and tobogganing.
Mid year examinations are over in the colleges
and many students have been here today. The ride out in
the country no doubt tempting them after days of intense
study. Seven bright looking Chinese boys from Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology came in about noon to look
around, and signed in our special book.
Monday, February 3, 1936
BROWNIE - Margaret Proven - Marilyn Fields
Everyone knows Brownie! Even peoole going by on
the Boston Post Road in cars stop to talk to him if he
happens to be peeking over the stone wall. Years ago Mr.
Frank Campsall bought him for his children, and since
then he has made his home in the barn near the white
house east of the Inn.
Mr. Fields who occupies this same white house,
bought Brownie for his daughter Marilyn, a student in the
Southwest School. She is often seen driving by the Inn
with her friends.
ffAYSIDE INS DIARY
Thursday, February 6, 1936. (cont)
our mill products are sold.
F^33Y*-£ebruary_7 A _1936. Cloudy
Mrs. Alexander, who has charge of all Freshmen girls
entering VTellesley College, brought a group of ten for lun-
cheon today. So often we find girls and boys of this age
are more interested in the ultramodern, but these fine
young ladies were thrilled with everything from the Betty
lamp to the beds with canopies, and couldn't thank us e-
nough for their pleasant visit. Seven states were represen-
ted in this small group:
Illinois New York
Alabama New Jersey
Ur. L 3 Kimbrrk of Caldwell, N.J. is a house guest
§§£yr£?Y^_?®££BS£y-? i i..i-5§ Fair
Today being Saturday we have had several groups
of little boys to look around. One ao out eight years of
age Ccir.e on crutches, with his grandmother and grandfather
from Providence, "hen asked if he had ever been here before
he answered, "Absolutely not," and during his visit we came
to the conclusion that "absolutely" was a new word to him
he used it so often. He loved everything, and when told by
a hostess that all boys loved the Inn he answered ,.: "I should
think they would if they are anything like this one," (mean-
ing himself. )
On the following page is a co >y of an article which
is framed and hanging in the upper hall. It has atracted so
much attention we have had copies made to give to interested
guests. The author of this article is unknown to us and we
have made several visits to libraries in search of informa-
tion, but as yet have found nothing. One copy was left in the
Boston Public Library recently and we hope their records will
reveal the identity of the author.
TCAYSIDE INN DIARY
l!J§§£a;£ a _February_4 x _1936 Sleet Storm
rT Je usually think we can predict the number of
guests by the weather. each day, and when we found this
morning a sleet storm had been in progress for several
hours, were sure Mr. Baker of 7?ellesley who had made a
resrvation for a party of eight, would not come. All day
his reservation stayed on the bar with "choice on arrival"
written on it, seeming to make it all the more indefinite.
However, the storm meant nothing to them and they arrived
in time for dinner. Among Mr. Baker's guests were a Mr.
and Mrs. R, Sanger of Hong Kong.
During these quiet winter months two hostesses only
have l>een on duty. One from eight to four-thirty and the
second one coming on at noon and staying until nine o'clock
or until the 1st guests have gone. It has worked out very
Every evening one of our school boys comes down to
help the hostess who is alone, and even tho it may not be
busy, it's rather nice to have a man in the house! Roy
Robinson made his first appearance last evening. He made a
fine impression on us being willing to help, eager to
learn, and pressed and polished to the nth degree. He is
only a Freshman but is making a good start, if we are judg-
The seventh and eighth grade girls from the South-
west School are making very pretty woven belts and came to-
day for instructions.
7/ednescay, February 5, 1936. Fair
Miss Fisher attended a rausicale at the Hotel Stat-
ler this morning. The artists were Giovanni Martinelli,
tenor, and Emanuel Feuermann, cellist.
The waitresses and hostesses always give Mr. James
Bakes of Concord a most hearty welcome because he seems
like one of the family his visits are so frequent. His
main reason for coning today was to say "Goodbye" to his
friends before leaving for ".'inter Haven, Florida for the
remainder of the winter. A few months ago he presented the
Inn with an old picture, and today he brought a small fold-
ed paper badly worn with the date 1844 on it - a bill
signed by his father. Mr. Baker said he had many old papers
he wished to dispose of and having no children would like
them to come here.
Thursday, February 6, 193 6. Fair
Mrs. Jane Bennett and Miss Dorothy Landa.ll, teach-
ers in the Southwest and Redstone Schools, are having lunch
-eon with us during the epidemic of mumps in the Boys
Miss Fisher is making a poster of the Grist Mill
which will be displayed in one of the Marlboro stores where
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, February 9, 1936
Dr. And Mrs. H V Williams of 7?hitinsville,
Mass. came in today for dinner in the midst of a snow
storm. They had books tucked under each arm and settled
down after dinner in front of the parlor fire to read.
Dr. Williams was reading about the Norse kings and
seemed to completely forget his surroundings.
During the afternoon two gentlemen came and
signed from Norway. They aJLso settled down in the parlor
and with the "Tales of B "'ays'ide Inn" opened to one of the
Norwegian poems, read in low tones to each other.
Perhaps the voices of the men aroused ^r. Wil-
liams from his reading, and perhaps the gentlemen noticed
the title of his book, for somehow these four people were
brought together who seemed to have so much in common.
Toward evening Dr. V'illiams ordered tea for
this party of four, and from the parlor they went to the
dining room where their discussions were continued over
the tea cups.
Perhaps this unexpected meeting may be the be-
ginning of a fine friendship.
Monday, February 10, 1936
We hardly need to mention a name when we speak
of the Roving Reporter for his articles have appeared in
the diary and his frequent visits ior overnight are al-
ways mentioned. Mr. Dame stayed with us again lf-st night
end plans to come again soon with his mother, for a ride
in one of our old sleighs.
The freshman boys often surprise us. Today Mr.
Coulter found that the bulkhead needed a little repairing
and asked one of the boys if he knew anything about car-
penter work. He immediately answered "Yes" and was set to
work with his tools. He did a fine piece of work etc won
the approval of Mr. Coulter.
Tuesday, February 11, 1936
Everything was removed from the bar room this
morning in preparation for the repair work which is to
be done. The dear old one-handed clock which has seen
so much activity in this room must find it rather lone-
some at the end of the hall, but it looks so well in
its present location and seems to tick so much louder,
it is getting more than its usual attention.
,T .'e wonder how we'll ever get along without the
bar, it conceals so mnay necessary articles - pencils,
books, cards, ink bottles, paper, in fact an endless
number of things, "/e'll miss the oft repeated question
too, "Whal' are you serving over the bar today?" This is
a question every guest seems to think is original!
WAYSIDE INN DIA7.Y
Tuesday, _ (cent. )
We peeked in the bar room a few minutes ago rnd
found they had made great progress in tv/o hours time.
Most of the floor boards have been taken up and the eel
-lar is now visible.
Wednesday, February 12, 1936 Fair
Although today, Lincoln's birthday, is not a le-
gal holiday in Massachusetts, it is a legal flag day on
which the Stars and Stripes should be displayed from
sunrise to sunset.
Standing in the fork in the rocd leading to the
Parmenter sisters* house and to the Ezekiel How house,
we observed that the underbrush had been cleared away,
leaving the Ezekiel How house in full view. There is a
beautiful view from the house looking toward the hills,
and after gazing intently on their beauty we are attrac-
ted by n little things near oy-fox and rabbit tracks in the
snow. We also noticed the little pond in the hollow a-
cross the road, which until lately has been partly hidden
The workmen are still continuing to remove boards
from the floors and walls in the bar room.
Thursday, February 13, 1936 Cloudy
Trie subject for the boys diary for today no
doubt will be "Mumps" for there are three new cases in the
school. ™e perhaps shouldn't repeat their topic, but in a
way it involves us too. "'e claim one of the patients as
our news, "aino Hakala, our Smnday host.
We had honed for a Valentine Dance, but as the
boys seem to choose to be ill in trios, it promises to be
some time yet before they may mingle with outsiders.
The history of the Inn and its furnishings was
told to the boys and girls from the Southwest school to-
Friday, February 14, 1936 Snow
A real down east snow storm which started last e-
vening has continued through the day. The Boston and "or-
cester buses have discontinued their trips by the Inn, and
hardly a thing has passed outside of our own farm trucks
Mrs. Frye of Marlboro who had planned to have a
valentine party in the old kitchen tonight, postponed it
until Monday, February 17th. Some of her guests who were
coming from Boston found it impossible to get here.
Mrs. Elderkin, the dancing teacher had planned a
party for the children, and to their great disappoint-
ment schools were closed at noon in order to get them
Friday : :
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bridge hotel, alderly souplc si
quiet of : .e 1 I f beautiful l in the
..fter lunch they usually sit in t
lor alone snc rend, "cut today the hostesses not
: -- to sit in, joined :'..
- % . Gookin reed, one of the hostesses wrote the di
-cry, :he other prepared her school work, end in
t -s lull Mrs. Gojkin fell asleep in our 1
. . .
We took this snapshot of the poster m
by Miss Fisher , which is to advertise our mill
WAYSIDE INN DIA3Y
Sunday, February 16, 1939
For three young ladies brought up in the city, a ride in the
old sleigh was worth more than anyone could possibly imagine.
The occupants were Anne, Alice and Catherine Sennott.
The girls would love coming out every day, but so far their
visits have been limlited to an occasional Saturday, and us-
ually a quick Sunday visit.
"NO ROOM IN n h INN"
Did you ever stop to think of the tragedy of the little hotel at Nazereth, in
Palestine — the "inn"?
The parents of Jesus of Nazereth knocked at its doors, and could not come in.
It might have sheltered the greatest event in the history of the world — the birth
of Jesus; and it lost the chance.
Tfhy? Why was Jesus of Nazereth born in a stable? Because the people at the
Inn were vicious or hostile? Not at all. But the inn was full — every room was
occupied by people who had money to pay and who must be served — it was full of
There was "no room in the inn."
We know men whose lives are like that inn.
"Arnold's heart is broken," said one man to another recently; "his son is a
failure and a fool."
"What can you expect?" the other answered. "Arnold has not given his boy a
minutes time for ten years,"
Arnold thinks he is a good father: he baa often told his friends tint he is
working night and day in Business for his wife and boy.
As a matter of fact, his Business is working him. There is no room in his
life for anything clsvi. And his son is & fool.
"You had quite a taste for literature when you left college, didn't you?" we
asked conother man.
"Oh, yes," he answered sadly; "but I had to give all that up. A man can't be
in Business and find room for anything else."
"I hear Simpson's wife has left him" we heard a third man say; and his com-
"She got tired spending her evenings olone, probibly, you know, Simpson always
says Business comes first."
In a little village church-yard in England there is this inscription:
Here '. ±es Peter Bacon, born c m^n and died a grocer.
Take care that it be net written over you: "Born i man -nd died a Business man. 1 '
Make good; but do not sacrifice, in making good, the gifts of life that are best.
Take care this year to have time for something besides Business — for your
family, for good books, for an occasional hour when you merely walk under the stars
For in Nazereth, two thousand ye?rs ago, there stood a little inn. And, behold,
it was so full of Business that the greatest event in the world knocked at its doors
•md could not come in.
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nr AYS*IDS INN DIA::Y
Monday, February 17, 1936
In the southwest corner of the bar room a closet
projects out into the room but with trie door opening from
the hall. Today when the plaster was removed, a narrow door
was disclosed at the opposite er\6 of the closet and bearing
marks where hinges were originally pieced. On the boards in-
side the closet there is evidence of a stairway, the marks
of the treads being only partly covered by print. As the new-
ly discovered door did not come down to floor level, it was
four.d that one step extended into the bar room beyond the en-
Dinner was served in the old kitchen tonight for a
party of eight. Mrs. Robert Frye of Marlboro was the host-
ess. Mrs. Frye's guests were not aware that the dinner was
actually cooked in front of the fire until they saw the meat
on the spit, and heard Maizie explain as she pointed to the
vegetaoles in the iron kettles hanging on the crane, and the
steaming Indian pudding in the brick oven.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, February 18, 1936
We have been having rain and occasional snow flurries
since Sunday. The roads are like rivers and the great piles
of snow are heavy with water. We find that visitors on these
days are sometimes travelers from a distance who stop in on
their way, fearing they may not be a^le to come soon again.
Two teachers from the School for the Blind in Phila-
delphia made a leisurely trip thru this morning and were
found to be most interesting. One of the teachers reached
out to feel the lock on the little desk in the Washington
room and quickly drawing her hand away she said, "I suppose
I shouldn't touch anything, but even tho I'm not blind, I like
things from a blind person's point of view
Many groups may be shown
a group of little blind children
from Perkin's Institute, we feel as
made me see,"
that could be said.
through the Inn but on a day
come, as they so often do
if we had done something
blind girl saying as she
worth more than any thanks
Wednesday, February 19, 1936
Wednesday is the day for all diaries to be sent to the
office. For years the original ones have been sent to Detroit
where copies have been made for their files, and the original
ones then returned to us. Starting the first of the year a
typed copies of the diary only,
forwarded to Detroit where they
change was made. We now retain
and the original ones are then
Walter Kulikowski, one of our boys, had the biggest
thrill of his young life toe. ay when he discovered a one dol-
lar bill in the chains of the farm truck on which he had been
riding. He ; immediately offered it to the driver, a very good
point in his favor, but was told to keep;it because he had
found it. His usual broad smile broadened somewhat!
Thursday, February 20, 193 6.
skate for miles in
hard winter because
warm enough during
slightly, it has fr
treacherous. We rea
roads are so poor.
in the bar room thi
placedidiagonally . W
cracks to the cella
will make the room,
are still extremely icy and one could
any direction. We have found it a very
of the continuous cold reather, and if
the middle of the day to melt the ice
ozen again and made the going even more
lly shouldn't expect visitors while the
nters started to lay the rough flooring
s afternoon, and the boards have been
e*"ll miss being able to peek through the
r, but know this method of floor laying
which has been so drafty, much warmer. .
WAY3ID3 INN DIARY
Friday, February 21, 1936 Fair
This is the first warm day we have hrd for over a
month. The temperature which has been hovering around zero
and lower for days, soared to about 34 degrees during the mid-
dle of the day.
The children's dancing classes were held this afternoon
and favors which wers to have been given lest week were usee
Miss Agnes Condon, one of our waitresses, went tobog-
ganing with some girls. We watched them from the parlor win-
dows and were particularly interested in Miss Condon, who
hadn't been sporting for several years. They climbed aboard
putting her in front , and down they came. A snow bank at the
foot of the hill obstructed our view, but we gathered from the
legs and arms waving in the air above the snow bank, that the
toboggan ahdn't arrived at the foot of the hill as they had
hoped it would!
Miss Minnie E Pohe end Miss Beulah E Lehr of Boston
are going to occupy our two single rooms tonight and tomorrow
Saturday, February 22, 1936 Fair
WASHINGTON ' S BIHTHDAY
In spite of the fact that skii carnivals and snow trains
were attracting people to the mountains, about one hundred
people came to the Inn today.
We have all been interested in a flock of birds that
have been seen around the Inn and the mill for a couple of
weeks. Looking through our bird book we found one that answers
to their discription. It is the "Snowflake", a northern bird
seldom seen in this section of the country. They are usually
found in large flocks, and are very restless, starting up as
one bird, at the slightest noise. The Snowf lakes seem to be
making their headquarters near the mill.
Mr. And Mrs. Dickman of Worcester have reserved the
Ole Bull room for tonight.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, February 23, 1936 Fair
The Black Mansion In Ellsworth, Maine is often
mentioned by guests and today we were pleased to meet
Miss Eliasson who has lived in the Black Mansion with
her parents for over twenty years, buring the winter
she teaches at La sail Junior College in Auburndale, and
then returns to her home for the summer months, to make
welcome their many visitors.
'"hen his parents were being told aoout the number
of acres surrounding the Inn, a little seven year old
boy from Wisconsin looked up quickly and said, "Who pays
The above remark brings to mind the little black
joke book we used so often a few years ago for the say-
ings of our guests. It has been neglected of lr-te. ant
we must get it out again and pick up the loose threads.
We have had lingering guests today, Mr. and Mrs.
Daniels of Rhode island, enjoying the fires until nearly
Monday, February 24, 1936 Cloudy - Light snow late P M
The Roving Reporter brought his mother out todry
for luncheon and that promised sleigh ride. They were a-
musec when they saw our funny little old sleigh with the
folding top which was pictured in the diary a week ago,
and enjoyed trieir ride with jolly Mr. Hebb, the herdsman,
who was also having his first sleigh ride in many yecrs.
A Potuguese group of young people with their teach
-er Florence Kidcer, and their pastor J F Knipschild,
came today from the Brookside Junior Academy, East Taunt-
on, Ma s s .
Tuesday, February 25, 1936 Cloudy
Four of our boys have been up to a I.arlboro mill
to help with the planing and edging of the floor boards
for the bar room. The boards were returned today, the
widest one measuring 30^ inches.
Checking of the books in the library started this
afternoon. This is fascinating work and it would be plea-
sant to linger a little over some of them.
Dr. and Mrs. Samuel F Marshall of Newton had as
their guest this evening Dr. R A Stiefel of Battle Creek,
Michigan. Dr. Marshall who was formerly with the Ford
Hospital in Detroit, is now connected with the Leahy Clin
-ic in Boston.
WAYSIDE INN DIAHY
Wednesday, February 26, 1936 Cloudy
Mr. Maurice flewman of Maiden, is making sketches
of one of our coaches and he is going to model a miniat-
ure coach drawn by four horses, for the Children's Mu-
seum in Jamaica Plain, Photographs were shown of his
work which is on display in the Essex Institute in Salem
and also in the Children's Museum. His figures are very
lifelike, and the historical subjects chosen are educa-
tional and instructive.
Thursday, February 27, 193 6 Cloudy - Rain late after^-
This is the 129th anniversary of the birth of the
poet Longfellow at Portland, Maine, in which city there
is a bronze monument to his memory. He died at Cambridge
in 1882, and a Longfellow monument stands in Mt . Auburn
in that city. As on other years, a wreath rnade by our
boys under the supervision of Mr. Rorstrum, was placed
on his grave.
Mr.* Fred Yeager of Dearborn, Michigan, and Mr. E L
Duquette, Mr. R T Shekell, and Mr. T J Corcoran of the
Some rvi lie Plant, came for dinner today.
Friday, February 28, 1936 Fair
It's rather a friendly s4g-n- to hear the creaking
of the Red Horse sign as it swings back and forth in the
wind. We are having a touch of March weather this twenty
eighth day of February.
One solitary sea gull joined in with Emma's birds
this noon. Some say it is the sign of a stDrm when a gull
is seen so far inland. Perhaps ;I..arch is getting ready to
make a boisterous entrance.
Dr. John Van Schaick, Jr., one of our Retreat mem-
bers and the editor of the Christian Leader, wrote a very
interesting article for his paper which will be found on
the following page.
Saturday, February 29, 1936 Fair
Tea seemed to be the most popular choice today
and toward the last part of the afternoon the little din-
ing room was quite well filled with elderly ladies chat-
ting leisurely over their tea, nice young couples here
anC there, and a lively group of college students who were
about starved when they came in. The hot outtered toast
must have tasted as good as steak dinners to them.
v .'e are expecting an increase in the number of guests
now that the roads are in better condition.
THE CHRISTIAN LEADER
Feb. 8, 1936
Nature and Human Nature
Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Wayside Inn
IXTER gripped the country. In the morn-
ing the thermometer registered zero. At
midday it had risen a few degrees, but
the wind had come up, and every little
while it whirled the light snow before it and piled it
in drifts. It was not one of our roughest days, but it
was wintry. The sun shone all day on fields of snow
and clumps of pines. As the sun went down and dark-
ness came, the wind roared through the old oaks
along the roadside and through the woods not far
Cn such a day one appreciates, as at no other
time, the snugness of a comfortable inn — the leaping
of the flames in the fireplace, the sense of protection
from the bitter weather, the smoking hot meal of de-
licious food, the pleasant company, and the corner up
under the roof to which at length he can retire and
which he can call his own.
These reflections came unpremeditated and un-
forced on a winter day at the Wayside Inn, on the
Albany Post Road, seventeen miles west of the old
town of Eoston and in the township of Sudbury,
Massachusetts. I am writing in a second story room
at the east end of the old wing of the inn. The ceiling
of my room is but little higher than my head. The
floor is made of broad boards cut from goodly trees
long ago, and painted yellow. In the olden times there
was no fire in this part of the building, but now a steam
radiator grafts a bit of the twentieth century on the old
native stock of the eighteenth century. The chairs,
the desk, the stand, are "old-fashioned." The bed, of
iron, is modern in appearance and in comfort. The
lights are old-fashioned in appearance but new-fash-
ioned in fact. They consist of metal holders for
candles nailed to the wall. Concealed wires bring the
light to the candle-shaped bulb. The room is like the
entire inn. The latest and best in safety, convenience,
comfort, is cleverly annexed to the old so as not to
In the main part of the house are the rooms
famous in song and story, which are rented to guests
when they appear and which are exhibited to thousands
of visitors every year — the Longfellow room, the
Lafayette room, the Parson's room, the Theologian's
room, and other rooms made famous by the Tales of
the Wayside Inn. This room that I occupy today is
called the Garden room. The sun pours in through
three windows as I write. To the south I look toward
the road, first the oldest Albany Post Read, lined with
the famous oaks which Longfellow described, and
which used to bring the stage-coaches up to the very
door. Now it is a private road in the grounds. Just
a little farther out is the second Albany Post Road,
along which only a few vehicles now pass. On up the
hillside far enough away is the Ford cut-off, built by
Henry Ford to carry the tremendous traffic of a main
highway past without shaking down his buildings.
Out of this south window, the eye goes past coach-
house and barn over the roads to the hillside, the glit-
teiing snow fields, the dark pines.
Out of the two east windows, one sees the gar-
dens and the cedars, more woods in the distance, and
the sun when it comes over the horizon. There is life
out this way, for Fmma, the Czech cook, who has been
here since 1923 when Mr. Ford took over the inn,
carries pans of bread and other table scraps to the
garden every day for the birds, and this one of her
many feeding places has been taken over by the
American crow, big fellows, scores of them, who come
cawing when turbaned Emma in her blue dress
comes chanting her bird call. She loves the birds.
She talks to them, she sings to them, and in flocks they
come sailing through the air to her — a flock of chicka-
dees, a flock of tree sparrows, a flock of house spar-
rows, with jays, juncos, starlings, in attendance. "God
will take care of you," she said with her marked ac-
cent, "if you take care of the birds."
Cut of my east windows I look down on another
unobtrusive wing of the inn, cleverly set back so as to
add to the symmetry of the old building. This wing
is made out of an old woodshed, and it contains Mr.
Ford's private apartment. To the north and north-
east, there are marshes, ice ponds, meadows, more
woods, more hills, of the four thousand acre estate,
as far as the eye can see.
The resident hostess in recent years has used my
room, but all the hostesses pick up their personal ef-
fects and move over to the coach house when the
Fraters of the Wayside Inn come for their annual
"retreat," for every room is needed. And there is
not a thing that any of these men need or want that
is not gladly supplied if the manager and the hostesses
can discover what it is. The hospitality in the way of
food, shelter, rooms for meetings, is perfect, and al-
ways there are "the two extra pennies" freely supplied
by the inn people, like the two pennies paid into
another inn centuries ago by a certain Samaritan,
and which have been immortalized as a symbol of the
extra services prompted by a deeper feeling when duty
has done its full stint.
A clothes closet lighted by a dormer window adds
a quaint touch to my room. And between it and the
Jerusha (Howe) room, which is directly above the old
kitchen, a bathroom has been cleverly fitted in.
The bath is reached by a narrow passage around the
huge old kitchen chimney. There are enough hidden
passages and surprising closets and spaces to take
care of the ghosts of twenty generations. To reach the
Garden room one must climb ten steep steps which go
up from a passage back of the kitchen, or pass through
Jerusha's room, occupied this year by Dr. Etz. In
this part of the house when one is alone, one senses
better the older traditions of Sudbury and of the Way-
The story has been told and retold of the Howe
family which ran the inn for 178 years — David Howe
for sixty years, Fzekiel for fifty, Adam for forty-four
and Lyman for twenty-odd years. Between 1686 and
1864, when Lyman died, the Howes were in continuous
occupancy of the place. In the beginning it was called
Feb. 8, 1936
THE CHRISTIAN LEADER
Howe's Tavern, and then, because of the sign, the
name Red Horse Tavern gradually came to be used.
The ancient Red Horse still rears proudly on the
weather-beaten board. The name Wayside Inn dates
from Longfellow's time, and comes from his famous
"Tales of a Wayside Inn." But back of all these
Howes at the Red Horse Tavern there were two gen-
erations of Howes in Sudbury. The father of David,
who built the inn, was Samuel, and the father of
Samuel was John Howe, an immigrant from England
who was one of the first settlers, if not the very first
settler, of Sudbury.
John Howe had a tavern at Marlboro, but made
his living mainly from his land. He was in Sudbury
as early as 1638 or '39. In 1655 he was appointed "to
see to the restraining of youth on the Lord's Day."
He got the good will of the Indians by fair treatment.
Cn one occasion two Indians came to him to settle a
dispute over the ownership of a pumpkin which had
sprung up on one Indian's land and had run over and
borne fruit on the other Indian's land. This kind
of question has puzzled many a court, but John Howe
settled it by the law of common sense: he gave half
of the pumpkin to each claimant.
I am writing these lines in a building which
stood b' ^ when Indians lived near by. It has seen
settlei oing by to locate in what is now Vermont and
New Hampshire and in central and western Massa-
chusetts. It was here through all four of the wars
between France and England for the possession of
North America — King William's, 1689-1697, Queen
Anne's, 1702-13, King George's, 1744-48, and the
French and Indian War, 1754-1763. The second pro-
prietor was an officer in the American Revolution.
The building is one of the oldest and most interesting
in the eastern part of the United States.
For the thirty-fourth successive year the "Fra-
ters of the Wayside Inn" met here on Sunday night,
January 26, 1936. As usual Dr. Tomlinson of Worcester
and the Rev. Albert Hammatt arrived first and opened
the register of fraters. Nearly all had arrived by ten
p. m., the prior, Dr. Frank Oliver Hall, arriving at
Framingham on the New York train with Dr. Theo-
dore Fischer. Others who attended were Perkins,
Sykes, McCollester, Etz, Brooks, Wallace Rose, the
two Leinings, Coons, Huntley, Ellenwood, Kapp,
Fiske and the writer. Dr. Walter Henry Macpherson
was an honored guest, and three laymen, A. Ingham
Bicknell, Victor A. Friend, and Judge Robert W. Hill,
drove out for an important conference and were at
the "Old Kitchen Dinner," which as always was the
high peak of entertainment.
The dining room of the inn and the kitchens and
pantries are modern. They are housed in a long wing
which runs out behind the inn and which is not seen
from the road. The thousands of visitors to the inn
are taken care of comfortably in this wing, and yet the
old building is left much as it has been all through the
years. But the inn advertises an old kitchen dinner
at a trifling additional expense, and usually the meat
is cooked in the old way on a spit, the vegetables in
pots hung over the fire and the bread in the old oven.
These charges are mentioned for historic accuracy,
although they are matters of academic interest only
to tVie Fratecs-of the Wa-yside Tnn To ea-t. a-toeai ir>
the old kitchen is more than a matter of academic
interest, however. It is an event. It is an immersion
into the history of the past. It is a ministry to yearn-
ings in us that are starved by the conditions of modern
life. The old kitchen is a room which looks as it did
when it was built 250 years ago this year. On the
walls are the old dishes and kitchen utensils of the
eighteenth century. The table and chairs, if not those
originally there, are very old and of the period. One
steps back seven or eight generations when he steps
into the old kitchen. It is one of the rare memorials
of the first century of the settlement of this conti-
Frater Perkins of Washington for some strange
reason has been called "cold." No one who knows him
or hears him preach ever concurs in this verdict. But
the strangers who think him cold should have seen him
with back to the roaring fire in the seat nearest the
blaze and should have watched him melt. There was
little serious talk at the old kitchen dinner. The most
serious moment came when Rose called for quiet
after we sat down, and said, "Look this table over
before you begin to pull it to pieces, red table-cloth,
red napkins, old dishes, decorations, and see what these
folks have done for us." And the men saw that he
was right. Not only was nothing lacking, but there
was not an incongruous note. It was a good way to
The retreat may be called "a musical retreat."
In this session of the fraters there was born a move-
ment to organize a ministers' chorus in the Univer-
salist Church to learn and sing the old chorales. G. H.
Leining was the organizer of the movement. He and
his brother Fred, Ellenwood, Kapp, Rose and Fiske,
formed a sextette whose music could be heard from
morning until midnight. They made everybody sure
that something important was coming out of the
The retreat was called by one of the hostesses
"the best retreat in years." She did not attend the
sessions. She did not sit at table. Just what did she
mean? In my opinion she felt what I felt, a oneness
in the group. It was not because these men were
alike. They were most unlike. Nor because they
agreed. Many shades of opinion, theological, economic,
political, were represented. But it was because the
spirit represented in the word "frater" seemed domi-
nant. The old made a definite effort to understand
the young. The young were respectful of the old.
And affection knit all together and to the place.
There was nothing controversial about Tomlin-
son's interesting lecture on India. From Calcutta
around to Bombay, from Darjeeling to Delhi, it was
fascinating. He had a great experience in his tour of
the world, and as a speaker he is still in his prime.
He is obsessed with the notion that a spelling bee is
life's choicest recreation, but there are idiosyncrasies
in even the greatest minds. Nor was there anything
controversial in the interesting session led by Dr. Rose,
but it was vastly helpful and illuminating. I re-
gret that it dealt with confidential matters that I
When Kapp read his paper, "Present Day Trends
in Protestantism," we started talking and kept at it
\4t\til^\^i&r time arttl than Went s.t it in smaU qT=>u.y>3
ifter dinner. But it did us good, and there was some
brilliant intellectual fencing.
There were unplanned discussions as valuable as
any on the formal program. One of the most stimu-
lating was on the question, "Can the idea of a Limited
God be harmonized with Universalism?" The Rev.
G. H. Leining led the shock troops on one side, but
again I dare not tell which side.
The Ford tradition is becoming real to every one.
He has owned the inn since 1923. That tradition is
of a quiet, unostentatious man, perfectly competent,
interested in all around him, strong in his conviction
that everything, whether boys or motor cars, whether
farms or inns, should be made to travel under its own
power. He likes to see things work. If there is an old
spit attached to the fireplace he will adjust it until it
will work. And the trade school, the red schoolhouse
immortalized by the poem, "Mary's Little Lamb,"
and the new southwest school on the site of the oldest
school around, speak eloquently of his interest in edu-
cation. The leader in mass production of machines
is a supporter of the best individual instruction of boys
and girls. In education as in everything around the
Inn, the old and the new meet and mingle. They use
the old schoolhouses but they hire a modern-minded
teacher. And the children do not walk down the
dangerous Post Road. School buses carry them.
A feeling for Mr. Ford is growing up among the
fraters which is closely akin to affection. He himself is
not seen, but the orders which he issues and the people
whom he hires and the work which he does, create
an atmosphere of welcome which one cannot easily
Dean McCollester led the fraters in the closing
service of communion on Wednesday morning. It was
zero outside, but it was comfortable within, even in
the old kitchen, the hardest place to heat.
The sun shone out of a deep blue sky, the wind
had died away, the beautiful tree sparrows and chick-
adees were sharing the bushes and vines near the
windows of the old kitchen.
In that old kitchen where we had had most of our
discussions, we sat around the table and engaged in a
service which was old when the old inn was built.
At the hands of Dean McCollester we received the
bread and the wine which linked us to unnumbered
generations of believers and to the most sublime figure
The little birds fluttered without fear to the very
windows. They too had their meat from God.
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Sunday, March 1, 1936
The writer of the diary has found nothing unusual to
write about outside of mentioning the bright sunny weather,
and having nothing, she is reminded of the story told about
James ""hitcomb Riley.
A lady at a social function went to Mr. Riley and con-
fidentially said," I understand you are doing very well with
your work and that you sometimes make as much as a dollar a
word." "Yes," remarked Mr. Riley, "I do, but often I sit an
entire day and don't write a word I"
Monday, March 2, 1936
The Southwest and Redstone Schools reopened this morn-
ing. The teachers, Mrs. Bennett and Miss ^andall will contin-
ue to have their luncheon with us while the Boys' School is
Miss Dorothy Landall
Redstone School Teacher
Miss Randall a very bright lit-
tle person, was graduated from Sa-
lem Teachers' College last June.
Her home is in Beverly, Mass. but
during the week she stays with Mrs.
"illiam Lee in ^arlboro.
Tuesday, March 3, 1936
We are having a beautiful storm. The trees and bushes
are heavy with snow, but the flakes are much too large and
artificial looking to be lasting.
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Tuesday, March 3, 195 6 (cont)
The bar room is beginning to look a little more natu-
ral. The first cost of plastering was put on the walls today.
The floor in the tap room and in back of the bar has been com-
Mr. Arthur W Sager, leader of the Glee Club at Gov.
Dumir.er Academy, came in this afternoon to make arrangements
for his forty-five boys who are to sing for the members of the
New England Camping Association Saturday. Two hundred camp
leaders are coming for luncheon. Mr. Sager l s father- in-law,
Mr. Homer Rogers, lived in the Tayside *-nn at one time.
Wednesday, March 4, 193 6 Fair
No welcome has ever been more hearty than the one given
Miss Priscilla staples when she returned to her duties as host-
ess, after an absence of five years. Coming to the Inn in 1925
when thousands of guests were oeing shown through the house,
she learned to take care of large groups easily, and by her
most gracious manner made friends with both young and old. We
have missed her during these past five years and words cannot
express what it will mean to everyone, having her with us again,
Thursday, March 5, 1936 Stormy
Altho' there were fev. guests registered on this stormy
winter day, they came from far and near. Mr. and h rs . Robert B
Hill came from nearby Suddury Centre and a Mrs. MacDonald was
a luncheon guest from far-away Scotland.
Guests continue to enjoy the "old Fashioned" candies.
They fill a lovely old Sandwich glass sugar bowl on the Parlor
table. Jelly beans, hore hound drops, hearts, licorice drops,
and molasses peppermints are pleasing to the guests. They like
to nibble on them after a hearty meal and have much fun aoout
the mottoes on the hearts. Today one of our guests spoke of the
molasses peppermints as being called "nigger toes". We think
this a very appropriate name as they are tiny and round and
brown in color.
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The city of Boston, represented by
Acting Mayor John I. Fitzgerald, will
join with representatives of the
commonwealth and members of Na-
tional Equal Rights League in hon-
oring the memory of victims of the
Boston Massacre at exercises on
Boston Common tomorrow when
official observance is made of the
166th anniversary of the historic
event. The exercises, to be held at
the Boston Massacre monument, will
start at 12:15.
Albert Wolff, president of the Bos-
ton branch of the National Equal
Rights League, will preside and in-
troduce the acting mayor and various
other speakers. Earlier in the day
there will be appropriate exercises
under the National Equal Rights
League at the Hall of Flags in the
State House, at the site of the Bos-
ton Massacre (State and Congress
streets), and at the Old Granary
Ground, where Crispus Attucks and
other victims of the attack lie
Celebrating the 166th anni-
versary of the Boston Massacre to-
day reminds us of our Paul Revere
print of the Massacre which hangs
in the Bar room. It is now a well-
known picture and is reproduced in
many history text-books. Our host-
esses say that when Paul Revere
made the prints he sold them for
2 shillings apiece. There are very
few of them in existence now, how-
ever, and we learned that one of
them was sold recently for over
The parents of our youngest visitor cr-rae to-day. By
"youngest visitor" we mean a five weeks old baby who visited
the Inn shortly after Mr. Ford's purchase of the house. The
baby, as Mrs. King the mother recalled, was put in the old pine
cradle in the Washington roam. There she slept while her par-
ents enjoyed a meal in the dining-room. The writer remembers
this incedent and that there was much comment when guests pass-
ing through were privileged to see a real baby asleep in the
cradle. Someone asked if we kept a babj' there all of the time
for exhibition purposes! Mrs. King stated that the ''youngest
visitor" is now a grown-up young lady. We hope "that she will
come to the Inn again some time and see the old cradle in which
she was rocked.
Saturday, March 7, 1936
About twenty Sales Representatives of the Ford Motor Co.
started the day off with a meeting in the small ball room. At
quarter past ten Mr. Sennott took them over the estate showing
them the schools, the cattle, the Parmenter Sisters house and
the mill. At the Parmenter Sisters, Mr. Sennott reports that
they were thrilled with the typical furnishings and the quaint
atmosphere. At the mill they were each given a bag of flour.
Later they enjoyed lunch at the Inn and were shown through the
house by Miss de i.iille. This ended a very pleasant visit and
many remarked that they had enjoyed it thoroughly. Before this
group had left the Inn, 45 boys from Dummer Academy at So. By-
field, Mass. had arrived. They were to sing for the group of
camp leaders scheduled to come at 1 o'clock. Delays of various
kinds prevented them from getting here before 2 o'clock, how-
ever. In the meantime we enjoyed the Dummer Academy boys, told
them the stov-y of the house and found them to be a very gentle-
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Saturday, March 7, 1936 (cont)
manly group, at
school which is
having been est
time, but they
served there be
able to look, ab
states as wel]
tentive listeners and eager to tell about there
one of the oldest academies in the United States
ablished by a Lieut-Governor of Massachusetts in
group proved to have much business to occupy their
enjoyed there meal in the large dining room,
cause of the number, 96. Most of this group were
out the house and they remarked often about its
of this Camping Association represented V.'estern
as the New England states.
for Camp Life
Sends Message to Meeting of
American Association in
President Roosevelt praises American
camp life highly in a message received
today for the fourteenth annual meeting
of the American Camping Association
at the Hotel Statler.
"The camp movement in this country,"
said the President, in a message ad-
dressed to J. Halsey Gulick, president
of the New England section, and chair-
man of the convention committee, "is
doing a fine and important work for our
young people. Life in a well conduced
camp establishes codes of comradeship
service and self-reliance that exert their
influence in never-ending circles The
broad program carried on by such organi-
zations 1 as yours, with its wisely super-'
vised athletics, training in the essentials
of woodcraft and opportunities for nature
study, develops the four-square founeD
istie °nZ h S0 ? nd , chara cter and altru-
l.stic Kieals are built.
Th< board meetings today for
which officials from all over th« oXitrr
have arrived at the hotel and the general
sessions -will begin tomorrow and ,
t nue through the week and on Sunday.
^t.attve en n anCe iS P rinci Pally of admin.
istratiye or executive officials of boys'
and girl's camps. The remotest point
represented is California, whose delegate
.s Raymond O. Hanson, president or tha?
claUon. Am erican Camping Asso-
A °ZL°J ^ best known visitors is Paul
A. Siple of Erie, Pa., who is regarded as
* typical American Boy Scout and known
all the world over as Admiral Byrd's
He is^thS w ■i W ° Antarctic expeditions!
He is th* writer of books which have
been translated into several languages
fow'evlSf 1 ' 688 the conventi °n tornor-'
in^hT^ ^T am . ? S aI1 the BoV Scouts
m the country Siple went on the first
Byrd Expedition in 1928. when only ten
years old and on the second expedition
to the Antarctic, in 1933-35, he was
Byrds chief biologist and leader in
charge of the Marie Byrd Land exploring
paity. and was designated by Bvrd to
be in charge of erecting and equipping
the tiny base 125 miles south of Little
America in which Admiral Bvrd lived
alone more than four months' in 1934
Between the first and second Bvrd expe-
ditions Siple toured Europe, Asia Minor
and North Africa, passing through the
heart Russia. Last year he was
"TpV 11 ^ " resi <fent of the C
an Polar Society.
m I 1 ; ie * first -,F neral sessi °n of the annual
meeting will open at 2 o'clock tomorrow
afternoon and this will be followed
several general sessions and seminars on
camp U nfe S J6CtS felated t0 Ame »can
Paul A. Siple
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Sunday, March 8, 1936 Pleasant
This seemed like a busy Summer day, except when one
looked outside to see snow covered ground and inside to
see heavy overcoats and galoshes. The overcoats and gal-
oshes belonged to the 93 guests who came in for dinner or
tea. 7'ith this number of guest?, the hostesses had a busy
time taking orders and telling the story. Having the Bar-
room closec for repair work means that our little business
of meal slips and the selling of post-cards has to be tran-
sacted from the Daniel ?. r eoster desk in the Parlor. Since
there is no Bar-room fireplace around which to sit guests
enjoy the fireplace in the Parlor, old Dining room and Kit-
chen. It is an unusual sight to see a group gathered near
the fireplace in the old Dining room.
Monday, March 9, 1936 Cloudy
There is considerable activity around the house,
"orkrnen in the 3ar-room are heard pounding and saw ing,
while in the Parlor across the hall, Miss de Mule is busy
with file boxes containing a card catalogue of our books.
In another corner Miss Staples is going over file cases
which contain information aoout the Inn and its furnish-
ings. Several articles of an early date have been found
which mention a steep flight of stairs *hat went up from
the Bar-room into a chamber overhead. As has been recorded
in a previous writing of the Journal, this flight of stairs
is to be restored. Another item of interest found today
tells of an inventory in the year 1736 which enumerated the
pieces of furnitmre in the mansion of Sir Robert Eden of
Maryland. ""Tiite Dimitty Window Curtains' 1 are mentioned.
This pleases the hostesses for they are often asked if white
dimity curtains, such as are seen in the rooms of the Inn,
were used in the old days.
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Tuesday, March 10, 1936
Miss Fisher enjoys walking
out of doors and today went over
to the Lamson barn where the sheep
are kept. There she learned that
baby lambs are expected to arrive
on March 25th. Also in this barn
is housed a five months old goat.
Miss Fisher says that its hair is
pure white and long and silky,
true to the type of the Angora
Wednesday, March 11, ;936
Heavy rain and fog
Additions are made to our Library accasionally and
today we received a brochure of the First Exhibition of
the Rushlight Club. This gives a comprehensive outline of
the history of the lamp and early receptacles used for art-
ificial light. The Rush Light Club exhibition was held in
Boston in Sept. -Oct. 1935 and the booklet contains photo-
graphs of the exhibits with supplementary explanations. There
are several rush lights around the Inn and guests are always
curious as to their use. The Betty lamps are also objects
of great interest. The Brochure states that the type of 3etty
lamp of which we have the rost specimens are the "wich chan-
nel" ty ~>e . We also have some of the wick channel type with
drip pan. The Betty lamp v/hich hangs from the mantle shelf
in the Parlor is called the "wick support" type.
Thursday, March 12, 1936
Rain and fog
The heavy rains of yesterday continued through last
night and today. Floods were reported everywhere about this
vicinity and all through New England. Fog and rising tem-
perature melted the snow rapidly, thus adding more and more
wateri From the windows of the Inn could be seen large pools
of water in every direction. To the right of the house little
Hop Brook rose high. Down by the bridge it poired through a
sturdy stone wall. At intervals during the day we could see
trucks filled with men and boys hurrying by and there was
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Thursday, March 12, 193 6(cont)
Talk of sand bags piled high in cs^e of emergency. Some
were used in the cellar of the Gate house. It was thought
that the dam across the road from the Calvin ^ow house might
break, and boys f.^om the school were assigned as watchmen. Mr.
Hoye rushed in wearing big high rubcer boots and wanted our
camera. There was a general feeling of excitement as the storm
continued and the rushing of water was heard. One report stat-
ed that Route 20, which passes in front of the Inn, was closed
and it is said that the Sudbury river was never known to be
so high. In fact it has been reported by the "eldest inhabi-
tants" that this was the worst flood In the history of Sud-
bury. In spite of what one might call a "wild" dry outside,
all was cozy and comfortable inside the house. Nineteen guests
were here to enjoy its warmth and hospitality.
Friday, March 13, 1936.
Pussy willows have made their appearance. The boys cut
some for the Inn and they ere being used in the vases on the
dining tables, as well as in various rooms throughout the
house. Nothing that we have in the old pottery jugs and pew-
ter mugs seem to harmonize and clend in with the atmosphere of
the old house better than pussy willows. They caught the eye
of one of the pupils of the Redstone School as she was hurrying
through the hall. She informed us that she had planned to go
"pussy willing" after school I
Mr. Sennott brought in the first little white "Snowdrop"
today. He found it by the corner of the house outside the kit-
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Friday, March 13, 1936 (cont)
chen window where there are several other snow drops pushing
their tiny heads upward. Our one little snow drop has been •
given some water and is admired by all the guests who see it
in a hand blown -glass bowl on the Parlor table.
Saturday, Marsh 14, 1936
Nothing of special interest occured today, There were
48 meals served. Among the luncheon guests was Mr C A Clark
who comes very regularly for luncheon on Saturday with his
chauffeur-companion, ^n the evening 22 people came in for din-
ner; also 4 over-night guests arrived. Miss Fisher and her
helper Peter Kozak from the boys school were kept busy tak-
ing care of the unusual number, unusual in comparison with
other week-day evenings at this time of year.
"AY3IDE INN DIA?tY
Sunday, March 15, 1936
One of our small visitors today, the son of Mr. Hey-
wood, Ford manager in "'orcester, spoke out and expressed
his mind about the ".'ays id e Inn. He siad, "Even though you
have to wait a little while, I don't mind because there are
so many interesting things to see here!" Another Mr. Hey-
wood from Providence who has been coming quite regularly for
several years, told us what he thought about the Inn. He
said, l,TT e go to a great many eating places, but the food
here is perfect , in fact everything is perfect.
No. 1 place!"
Along with the first snow drop, recorded
came the first robin of the season. He was seen
today on the
Monday, March 16, 1936
The flood situation is still threatening and is a
manace to motorists. So thought Mr. Sennott this morning
when his car got emerged in about five feet of uater over on
the Concord road. Eventually he had to call for help and was
View of flood waters showing Inn in the background.
V "AYSIDE I r "I DIARY
leave boston on samaria Workers Associated with GrenfeH
Mrs. Olive P. MacDonald of Glas-
gow, Scotland, with her son,
Thomas, left for their home, yester-
•day, on the Cunard White Star liner
Samaria. Mrs. MacDonald came to
America during her son's recent ill-
ness. He was confined at the New-
ton Hospital for 14 weeks.
REV. WILLIAM F. A. STRIDE
Of Christ Church, Hamilton, who
sailed out of here on the Samaria
for a visit in England.
Mission Leave Boston on Samaria
Still feeling the effects of a fever
he contracted after working with a
gang of road builders in the wilds
of Newfoundland for Sir Wilfred
T. Grenfell's mission, Thomas Mac-
Donald started for his home in
Glasgow, Scotland, on board the
Cunard White Star liner Samaria
yesterday. He was accompanied by
his mother, Mrs. Olive P. MacDon-
ald, who came to this country to be
with her son while he was confined
for 14 weeks at the Newton Hospital.
For the past several days they have
been visiting Mrs. George Fuller at
22 Shaw street, Newton.
The Samaria smacked of the
Grenfell Mission group during its
stay at East Boston yesterday, since
two other former mission workers
were on board, one of whom was to
sail. He was the Rev. William
Francis Adair Stride, rector of
Christ Church, Hamilton, who while
priest in charge of the English mis-
sion of St. Anthony, Newfoundland,
the base of operations of the mis-
sion, met his wife, the former Kath-
erine Pollard of 41 Commonwealth
avenue, a mission worker. She was
at the ship with their three children
to bid bon voyage to the rector.
MacDonald was one of a dozen
young Scotch and English college
boys who arrived early last summer
for road building work from St.
Anthony to White Bay. Last Sep-
tember, at the exmjjation of Mac-
Donald's time in the northland, he
set out for a visit to New York. He
was at a hotel when he contracted a
fever. The management had him
conveyed to a' hospital. Upon re-
covery there he came here for a
visit with the Fullers, but was at
that house only two hours when he
was rushed to the Newton Hospital
with a recurrence of his ailment
that kept him confined there for 14.
At the boat yesterday he was pre-
sented to the Rev. Mr. Stride, who is
bound for Abingdon, England, for a
visit with his brother, the Rev. W.
K. Stride, at Besselsleigh rectory.
Mrs. Walter E. Piper, widow of the
late chairman of the finance com-
mittee of Sudbury and for many
years prominent in the rubber in-
dustry here, left for a visit with her
dafghter, Mrs. William F. Floyd, in
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, Eng-
land. Mrs. H. Samborne is return-
ing to her home in England after a
March 16, 1936
These pictures in
Herald are of in-
terest to the Inn fa~ily. iv.rs.
MacDonald v/es a recent luncheon
guest, Rev. Mr. Stride is the
nephew- in- lav; of Miss Welch, our
dearly loved hostess, Mrs. -?ioer
is the mother of one of our form-
er hostesses, Miss Nesta Piper.
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Tuesday, March 17, 1936 Fair and warmer
The Inn was favored today by a visit from Mr. Henry
Wad 3 worth Longfellow Dana, grandson of the poet. This was
a historic occasion in itself, but when Mr. Dana intro-
duced us to the grandaughter of Ole Bull, the event v/as
doubly important. Sylvia Bull Smith was a charming young
lady and was accompanied by her husband Mr. Brewster Mort-
imer Smith. These distinguished visitors stayed for luncl -
eon, as our guests, and after a hearty meal were eager to
Bee the Inn. Mr. Smith is making a study of the life of
Ole Bull and plans to write a book on the subject. Therefore
he was particularly interesteo in any information we could
give him regarding the Musician in the "Tales". Mr. Dana
found several letters and other bits of infoi^mation hereto-
fore unknown to him. All climbed the two flights of stairs
to see the"01e Bull" room. Mr. Dana recalled several dances
to which he had been invited by ^r. Ford and wanted to see
the Ball rooms.
On leaving Mr. Dana expressed his appreciation of an
enjoyable time and Mr. Smith said that he had secured much
information of value to him. The hostesses felt, however,
that Mr. Dana and his friends had given a great deal to the
We had never known before that Ole Bull was the first
to bring Verdi's Rigoletto to New York. Consequently our copy
of a portion of the Rigoletto done in Ole Bull's own handwrit-
ing is of much more interest. Mr. Smith also pointed out that
on the Ole 3ull Concert Program, which han<-s in the lower hall,
is a composition by Paganinii. Mr. Smith sei€ that Paganini,
the composer, and Ole 3ull were the only tv o people who could
play the difficult number.
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,'ednesday, March 18, 1936
"e recsive regularly a number of copies of the "Her-
ald'' piblished by students of the Edison Institute, ^n the
current number of ftfarch 6th, v/e were pleasantly surprised to
see and exterior and interior picture of the Ian displayed
prominently on the front page. A very good article written
by Chester Solenski of the Boys School accompanies the pic-
ture. There are six pictures in all and the reading matter
gives a good idea of what our boys think about the Inn, the
respect, reverence and admiration they feel for it. The Her-
ald is often read by our guests and this "Wayside Inn" issue
will be of special interest to them. Copies have been placed
in our historical file.
The pev.ter in our din-
ing room and kitchen attracts a
great deal of attention. We have
read recently that the How fami-
ly supported two "full sets" of
pev.ter (one dozen of each kind
of article forming a set); plat-
ters, plates and porringers
large and small. Cur nresent col-
lection of pewter is very com-
plete also. It contains several
porringers, plates, platters,
bowls, tea pots, 2 coffee urns,
mugs and tankards.
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Thursday, March 19, 1936
Rain and. cloudy
"Je are lucky to be comparatively safe from any real
flood danger. In other sections of the state, especially near
the Connecticut river there is much suffering and loss of
property; people are fleeing their homes and whole towns and
cities are inundated. Here is an item from the Framingham Eve-
ning News of March 19th, telling of a small flood disaster
near the Inn.
SLIDE IN SUDBURY
HITS PART OF ROAD
Near Wayside Inn on New
Post Road Section
SUDBURY, March 19— A landslide
on a section of the Ford road near the
Sudbury-Pramingham town line last
night blocked a portion of the south
lane of the road and for several hours
was a hazard to motor traffic.
The report was made to the De-
partment of Public Works and a
crew from the district cleared off
the debris. The slide occurred in
the cut on the road nearly opposite
the Wayside Inn on the new Post
The Sudbury river was up level
with the highway at the Sudbury-
Wayland line no the Post road, while
Old Sudbury road was still under
water for some distance and is still
closed to traffic.
The Boston & Maine railroad was
dumping gravel and ballast along
the tracks which run parallel to the
highway in South Sudbury.
Friday, march 20, 1936
Five students from Brown University were our guests to-
day, visiting the house and grounds. This reminds us that
spring vacation time will soon be here and that we are apt to
have a number of student visitors during the next few weeks.
We find them among our most interested and enthusiastic
TMs being the first bright sunny day in the couBse of
a week, it offered the opportunity for some pictures. Mrs.
Abuie Morrill our front-part-of-the-house-maid was persuaded
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Friday, March 20, 193 6(cont)
to pose for the diary. As usual she was modest and reluctant
about appearing in public, as it were, but finally consented
when told that she could bring her dust pan and brushes along
Abbie is seldom seen by our guests but they often comment on
her good work. Her work includes cleaning and caring for all
rooms in the front part of the house, not omitting the rooms
for over-night guests. 3he also is the person who arranges
the flowers so artistically.
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Saturday, March 21, 1936 Rain and cloudy
Much progress has been made in the work of restoration
in the Bar-room. It is not available for use as yet, however.
The floor has been laid and the walls look fresh and clean
with new plaster. The restored stairway which goes up where
there was formally (but not originally) a closet, looks very
quaint. It is said that in the old days this stairway was used
for the drivers of cattle and other so-called "rough" men who,
having spent the evening in the Bar-room, were later sent up
this steep and narrow stairway into the room overhead. Here
they slept in two or three large beds. Of course the 3ar-room
staircase was not the only staircase in the house, but it took
care of the men and travellers who retired at a late hour. By
using this they could go up to bed without waking guests in
other parts of the house.
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Sunday, March 22, 1936 Cloudy and Gold
Old accounts tell us of travellers corning to the Inn
by Stage-cor.ch, on foot, in carriages, on bicycles, in auto-
mobiles and by train - but today some of our guests came by
row boat, at least part of the way. Mr. and Mrs, Hill of
Sudbury had invited some guests from Springfield to dine
with them here ?t noontime. Springfield and its vicinity be-
ing in one of the areas most severely stricken by the floods,
it was necessary for the guests to start out for "'aysice Inn
in a row boat .
The "orcester Telegram today under the heading, "Ten
Years Ago To-day" states:
"Henry Ford recovers an old
sign that swung at V/ayside
Inn back in 1860. It was lo-
cated in a barn where it had
been for more than 20 years
after it had been removed
from the inn by prankish stu-
Monday, March 23, 1936 Pleasant
One of our guests tod^y, on seeing the tall "sombre"
clock said, that v;ien she was a little girl she found a tall
clock case a fine place in which to hide. Her small brothers
had removed the clock works, wheels, weight etc. from their
particular family clock and the lady, who was then a tiny
girl, crawled inside. She said that it was her favorite hid-
ing place - until she grew too large for a clock esse.
Tuesday, March 24, 1936 Cloudy
The flood is still the chief news item in the daily
papers and is much talked about by our guests. Mr. and Mrs.
Bowker from "'orcester who are frequent luncheon guests
brought their own drinking water with them today. They ex-
plained that on account of flood waters they have been drink-
iiig Poland Spring water. Residents of the city of "'orcester
have been requested to boil the -water which they drink.
7AYSIDE IN T N DIARY
"'ednesday, March 25, 1936
There are seventeen fireplaces in the house and at
least three of thera are in use const ently (in cold weather).
The fireplaces in the Bar-room, Old Kitchen, and Parlor are
usually bright and chee^ for the guests. The guests like to
gather near them and often ask if they are the only means of
heating, "/e explain that there is a furnace in the house in
the present day, but that in the old days the fireplaces
were the only means of keeping the house warm. The hostesses
keep their eyes on the fires to see that they do not go out.
The wood boxes are filled regularly and all wood used is cut
on the Inn property. Then it is trucked into a wood shed in
the rear of the house.
Thursday, March 26, 1936
Dr. Mosher from Boston brought a group of 25 for din-
ner to-night. It was a group of young doctors from all over
the United States, Canada - and one young doctor and his wife
from Paris - who have been taking a post graduate course un-
der Dr. Mosher. Mrs. Mosher accompanied the group and said
that each year she entertains the doctors at her house on
Beacon Street when they arrive and that she always ilans a
farewell dinner for them at the Wayside Inn.
There are thirteen new lambs in the sheep barn - four
sets of twins and five "single " lambs.
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Friday, March 27, 193 6
A notable guest today was Miss Else Flagstad daughter
of Kirsten Flegstsd of the Metropolitan Opera. She registered
in our soecisl guest book and stayed several hours, having
luncheon' here. Miss Flagstad is a young lady in her* teens or
early twenties and was unusually modest rnd natural. She
seemed keenly interested in everything about the Inn. She is
soon to return to her native country.
[Great Performance by
BY WARREN STOREY SMlTtJ
Like a giant exulting in its i
strength, the Metropolitan Company,
having accomplished a thrice-admir-
able performance of "Madame But-
terfly" in the afternoon, followed it
at the Opera House last night with
the greatest achievement of which an
opera company is capable, a great
performance of Wagner's "Tristan
! and Isolde."
A GREAT ISOLDE
The leader in tliis glorious deed was
j of course. Kirsten Flagstad, whose
Isolde more than justified all that has
been written and said of it in N
York. In her the race of great Wag-
> nerian sopranos lias been renewed and
' perhaps she is a happy augury that It
' will never become extinct
But Mine. Flagstad alone could not
I have accomplished the performance
which an enraptured audience heard.
Mr. Melchior's impersonation of the
hero was not only far and away above
any in which Boston has thus fai
1 and heard him. but it was also a far
• more satisfying Tristan than can be
remembered in many a long year. And
if Mr. Bodan/.ky has sometimes seemed
a casual and indiTfererr^ '■conductor, he
led last night as one inspired, and the
orchestra, which had given so fine an
■count of itself in the three previous
pi malices, rose to iincxi
heights of eloquence.
No less satisfactory in the i
what less important- roll Mine.
Branzell a> Brangaena, Mr. Schorr as
KUrvenal and Mr. List as King Mark,
who, as was once written of another
singer, made that sovereign's sermon
he opera itself, sung and
layed'-as it was, its music remains after
three-Quarters of a century, the miracle
of passion and of beauty that filled even
with wonder and awe.
And to return, if as anticlimax, to the
audience, it was good to be once more
part of a company so stirred by what
transpired on stage and in orchestra-
pit that it had need to shout its ap-
From Boston Herald, Mar. 26, 1936
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Friday, March 27, 1936 (cont)
Every Friday afternoon Mrs. Elderkir. cores down to
the Inn from Marlboro and teaches dancing to puoils of the
Mary Lamb and Southwest Schools.
Mrs. Dorothy Elderkm
Miss Florence Fisher, pisnist
Usually Mrs. Elderkin returns on Friday evening for
classes in dancing with the boys from the Boys School. For
the past nine weeks, however, these classes have been dis-
missed on account of an epidemic of Mumps. To-night, however,
the boys were back again for their regular lessons.
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Saturday, March 28, 1936 Pleasant
"e are glad to announce that the Bar-room is again
in use. The Marys Lamb children and the Southwest school
children were thrilled when they were told to use the little
old-new stairway when they came in for their dancing clesses.
On the floor are tapering wide boards which one of our guests
told us were called "King boards" in the old days. "King
boards'' were the widest boards that could be found in colony
days and were often sent over to the King in the mother coun-
try. The Revolutionary relics are back in place on the panel-
ling over the fireplf- ce and the child's boots which are so
much admired are in their usual spot near the hearth. Altogether
the Bar-room looks as natural as ever and its charming atmos-
phere still remains.
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Sunday, March 29, 1936 Pleasant
To show the variety of interesting bits of informa-
tion that the guests bring to us in a single dry, the fol-
lowing examples are given; this being a typical dry.
A gentleman stated that when he was a small boy he
used a Blunderbuss for scaring crows away from his
corn patch. He fired the gun, the shot spread and
there was a terrific noise.
One of our guests today was a modest lady who, we
discovered, was an authority and expert on the sub-
ject of oriental rugs and tapestries.
A young man introduced himself as living in Cam-
bridge in the Cooper-Austin house, said to be the
oldest house in Cambridge. He brought with him a
a student from Heidelburg University now studying
A little lady informed one of the hostesses that
her great great grandfather was one of six bro-
thers, all of whom fought in the Revolutionary
On seeing the Hutch taole in the 3ar-rcom, a guest
told us that the same type of taole was to be
found in many Euronian countries; that in Italy
and Spain the Hutch table was used as a Cobbler's
Bench. In this country, however, the Hutch taole
was used mostly as a kitchen table.
Monday, March 30, 1936 Pleasant
We have recently had the pleasure of entertaining two
bridal couples. One came on Saturday and the other arrived
yesterday. The latter were Mr. e.n6 Mrs, Greenhoocl. Mr. Green-
hcod, who lives in San Francisco, conferred with the "Ask ^r.
Foster" Service as to a good place to spend his honeymoon; he
asked that it be an old New England Inn. Foster Service sug-
gested the 77ayside and Mr. Greenhood said that he was more
than pleased in finding just "the right place."
Tuesday, i.Iarch 31, 193 6 Cloudy
As often as possible the hostesses go to Dutton House
to have luncheon at the Boys School. This is a pleasant social
gesture for both the boys and the hostesses. The instructors
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Tuesday, March 31, 1936 (cont )
and teachers of the Mary Lamb School and Sou
join the luncheon group and there is a chatt
versation all through the meal. It is an opp
hostesses to learn more about the school and
ted with every boy. The boys learn something
history, the guests, etc. from the hostesses
ially the freshmen, seemed a bit bashful at
saying a word! Lately, hov.ever, the boys are
conversation; talking about their baseball,
chicks and today a discussion was held about
Kipling. One of the boys mentioned two books
other boy could recite Kipling's "If".
thwest Schools also
er of friendly con-
ortunity for the
to become acquain-
about the Inn, its
. The boys, espec-
f irst ; some not
entering into the
tennis, the baby
books by Rudyard
by Kipling and an-
V.ednesday, April 1, 1936
""'ashing ton passed this place
on his way to Cambridge
to take command of the
Patriot Army, June 1775
Erected by Old Essex
Chapter, S. A. R. Lynn, Mass."
This is the inscription on the marker pictured below,
which can be seen on the road in front of the Inn. We like to
think that George '"ashington did more than pass by the Inn, how-
ever. Old accounts tell us that the great general made a stop
at the Red Horse Tavern; that he partook of a meal here. 7,'e like
to imagine that he was assistec" from his coach by Colonel Ezek-
iel Howe, and that he dined in the small dining room in back of
the 3ar room.
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Thursday, April 2, 193 6 ?.ain
Much to our surprise we entertained over forty guests
for luncheon today. It was a surprise on account of the hard
rain in the morning which continued on through the noon hour
until late in the evening. In spite of it there was a real
rush in giving luncheon orders over the old 3ar. All who came
were genuinely interested in the house and almost every group
included a student or students. Later in the evening about
fifty students from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy
came with raincoats, rubbers and umbrellas, to have a class
dinner. Dinner was served in the large dining room. It was a
lively group; all attractive young ladies who were very gf y
with laughter and fun all through the evening. There work is
of a serious nature, however, for they are helping people in
hospitals and other institutions to recover their strength
and moral welfare by teaching them all kinds of handcraft.
One might suppose that the Wayside Inn would be an entirely
foreign subject to these young ladies, that nothing here could
be related to their own interests. But they did discover things
that were of special attraction. Hand wrought iron utensils, a
wood block for printing wall paper and the netted tester on the
canopy bed showed them the handicraft of an earlier day.
Friday, April 3, 1936 Cold-Rain
The Exhibition of Antiques which had just come to a close
at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston was attended by one of our
hostesses. An exhibition of this sort is enlightening; it
gives us an opportunity to compare the antiques at the Inn
with a mmch larger collection. It makes us appreciate the ant-
iquity; the grace of line and beauty of the Inn furnishings.
It was interesting to note the rarity of certain objects. For
instance, hand wrought iron utensils were seen in only two or
three of the many booths. Betty lamps, pipe tongs, trammels,
pot hooks, etc. were difficult to find. Wooden utensils were
also rare. On returning to the Inn the hostess felt a deeper
appreciation and satisfaction in the furnishings of the Inn;
that they were representative of the earliest and finest in
Saturday, April 4, 1936 Pleasant
Trina Skariadina, author of "The First to go Back", "A
World can end" etc. was a visitor today. She told us that after
an extensive lecture tour throughout the United States, she
and her husband were on their way to M aine for a rest and to
see their cat and dog. Lieut. Victor Blakeslee, husband of
Trina Skariadina is also an author, having written "New Worlds
for Old." Both registered in our special guest book and prom-
ised to stop here again soon, possibly to stay over night.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Saturday, April 4, 1936 (cont)
In the meantime we hope to reed "The First to go Back" which
tells of the author's experiences as an exile of the Russian
Revolution. Miss okariadina told us briefly that her father
and mother had been killed and that she had been imprisoned.
"AYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, April 5, 1936 Pleasant
On 3unday we notice that our guests differ from
those who come on week days. To be sure there are many
of our old friends among the Sunday dinner guests; sev-
eral people who come regularly for Sunday dinner. But
there are a great many others whc core on Sunday for
their first visit to the Inn. They are often men and wo-
men who work in office, in stores, in factories, in
schools, etc. during the week. Their work keeps them so
confined that Sunday is their only day in which to drive
into the country; to have dinner ate country Inn or to
visit historical sites. Here they find something of in-
terest; they enjoy being entertained in hearing about the
house. They also like to walk around the grounds outside;
to see the coaches; the schools and the mill. It is some-
thing new to them; something entirely different from what
they have seen during the week and gives them new thoughts,
rest and relaxation for a busy week ahead.
Monday, April 6, 1936 Rain
Miss De Mille sat down for one half hour, Miss Fisher
brought her bead work into the Bar-roomand Miss Staples
put the Diary aside, to listen to the interesting stories
tola today by our overnight guests, Mr, and wrs . Edwin B
Stillrr.an. Mrs. stillman told mo :t of the stories, however,
for she has travelled a grea- dec 1 with the opera singer
Frieda Herapel. During the 'Vorld " r ar -=nd for several years
after, Mrs. Stillman was publicity manager for Miss Hempel.
She visited froeign countries, met many famous musicians,
was entertained at the "hite House and has been from coast
to coast in the United States.
Tuesday, April 7, 1936 Cloudy
Mr. and Mrs. Stillman had just departed this morning
when other guestd arrived who brought us r ore news of the
world of art. Miss Sue B Moult on of Philadelohia showed us
a piece of her work which fascinated us beyond anything we
have seen for a long time. It is a revival of the cook edge
painting which was started in the 16th Century by Titian,
the Italian painter. Miss Moulton displayed a copy of the
Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam. She showed a regular pi It -edged
book. Then, by taking her finger and putting a slant to the
edges of the pages, a most beautiful colored picture &r)-
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Tuesday, April 7, 1936 (cont)
peared, paint :d on the edge of the book. It being the Rub-
iayat, Miss Moulton had chosen a scene from an old Persian
tapestry to reproduce. She said that she makes her painting
suggestive of the subject matter of the book. This must be
very difficult work and Miss Moulton is the first to re-
produce it fror the old masters.
"'ednesday, April 8,1936 Fair
We have seen a picture of a grouo of people assem-
bled in front of the inn about the year 1900. Each person is
standing beside a bicycle, "e expect that the group repre-
sented a Club, possibly a bicycle club, which had cycled o-
ver for a day's outing at the V'aysice Inn. Today there was
quite a stir at the Inn when one guest arrived on a bicycle.
This was a young man who peddled out from 3oston. '•'•lien he
appeared at the front door, he asked the hostess for accom-
adations for himself and "Rozy." "Ttozy" proved to be the
bicycle painted a bright green. The rider was picturesque
in kaiki suit, red sash, red buttons and a knapsack.
Thursday, April 9, 1936 Pleasant
A letter came to one of the hostesses today in child-
ish handwriting. It was from a member of £rade 4, Bessie D
Freeman School, Marlboro, Mass. This class of thirty-five
children with their teacher visited the Inn on Tuesday last.
They had been anticipating a visit to the Inn for a long
time and were eager to see all points of interest. They
were provided with one of our school busses and consequent-
ly rode around to the schools, the mill, etc. Then they
came into the Inn where they were enteru ined by the hostess
The letter written by Mary Stiles "For the pupils of
Grade 4 states;
Thank you for showing us around the Inn
and telling us so many interesting things.
I thought that the room with the Franklin
Stove was very interesting becavse I have
just read about Franklin's Iron Stove and
I was glad to really see one."
"'AYS IDE INN DIARY
Friday, April 10, 1936 Pleasant
About twenty-five people came in for dinner to-night.
Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Kelsey from long Island who
entertained for a party of six. Mr. Royal and a young lady;
Mr. Royal being one of the officers on board the "Consti-
t it ion" now in Boston harbor, and Mr. and Mrs. Romaine who
have an Antique shoo in Middleboro, Mass. There were also
two parties of four each who were all old friends of the
Saturday, April 11, 1936 Rain
A lady remarked the other day "It's an education to
hear you use the technic? 1 names for allthese old things;
you have acquired a vocabulary which is like a foreign lan-
guage to my ears!" We hadn't thought our vocabulary to be
unusual, but on second thought we realize that the follow-
ing words are not heard frequently in ordinary conversa-
tion of the 20th Century.
Loggerhead Roasting Jack
Niddy -noddy Trammel
Peel Spoon Rack
Phoebe Lamp Pot-hook
wayside inn dia::y
Sunday, April 12, 1936 Cloudy and Gold
Potted lilies, pussy willows and yellow jonquils de-
corated the house today and gave the Inn the feeling of Spring-
time and Easter. Bright new hats and other gay wearing apparel
of the guests also added 6 the Spring spirit. Many of the la-
dies wore elaborate bunches of flowers on their coats and one
man was seen in formal afternoon dress with white flowers in
his button hole. Outside, however, the day was cold and gray.
rhis probably accounts for the fact that only 138 dinners were
served; a small number compared with other years when Easter
day has been warm and sunny. Towards the end of the day Mary
Ellen Plaintiff and a friend came over from Pine Manor School
in ™ellesley to have tea.
Monday, April 13, 1936 Cloudy
Life in the present day with its customary routine
doesn't seem strange or unusual to us as we live it today. Yet
to a generation or two hence our mode of living will probably
seem very different and queer. Our ancestors would undoubtedly
be greatly surprised if they knew of be eagerness with which
we delve inb the small facts which they daily took for granted.
Out of what eus commonplace to them we have gathered informa-
tion which brings charm and vividness to the picture of their
life. Recently we read of a small boy who lived in New Hamp-
shire during the 18th century. One day he vent to the woods to
choo. On his return in late after-noon he found that he had
lost his mitens. He told his sister of his loss. "Sister" star-
ted to work that very evening; she combed some wool, carded it,
washed and scruijbec it, spun it into yarn on the Spinning "heel
and wound the yarn into skeins on the clock reel. Next morning
she started to knit and in tweny-four hours time "brother" was
sporting a nev; pair of mittens! This little oicture of every
day life in by-gone days makes a quaint and picturesque story
to tell our guests as we show them the hetchel, the carders,
the spinning wheel and the reels in our old kitchen.
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Tuesday, April 14, 193 6
These pine tongs which hang
in the Bar-room are much ad-
mired by our guests. They are
pictured in Mr. Wallace Nutting's
book, "Furniture of the Pilgrim
Century". Since the weather has
been mostly cloudy for the past
week, making it impossible to
take snap-shots for he Diary v:e
neve ventured to make our own
picture and have traced the tongs
from Mr. Nutting's book.
'AY3I.DE inn diary
Wednesday, April 15, 193 6 Hei n
Our guests are told what there is of interest to be
seen outside of the Inn. Seldom, however, do re have tme or
opportunity to see the things ourselves. Today a tour was
made. In the same way as he usual sight-seeing guests sre
shov.n about, so we went to the Mill, the Boys School and the
Mary's ^amb School. At each place we were impressed with the
cordiality and friendliness wi$h which we were greeted. Also
each person with whom we came in contact at the various pieces
the schools, the barn and the mill were most kind in explaining
every detail of their particular work. At the Mary's Lamb
Sch ol Miss Landall showed the few relics hat were in the school
originally. She explained about the present school and told of
Mary Sawyer who was the "Mary" of the famous poem. Mr. Matheson
at tne mill spent about one half hour telling us exactly how
the mill is operated. He allowed us to stoo end start he great
mill wheel which turns he heavy French Burr stones used for
grinding wheat and corn. At the Boys School we found two of
the boys who were eager to show us their dining room and large
kitchen from which their meals are served. Then to the Calvin
How house where an instructor pointed out the clas s rooms and
dormitories where the boys sleep. Next we stopped at the sheeo
barn and found that we had arrived just in tire to see the
sheep and all the baby lembs having their suppers. We also sew
two goats and a horse in the same barn. On returning to the Inn
we felt that the afternoon had been very pleasant and profit-
Thursday, April 16, 1936
This being vacation week in some of the public schools,
we have ceen entertaining school teachers from* several sttes.
To-night we discovered three teachers from New York State, not
together but in separate groups, rhey were finally brought to-
gether, however, by common interests and soon were having a
friendly conversation. Then it was time for the hostess to
•give way" to the conversaion of the guests and instead of our
guests listening to the hostess, as is usually the case, the
hostess found herself listening to the guests' The school tea-
chers told us of various school Drojects incorporating the study
of American Colonial life. One of the young ladies had tried
builcing a miniature colonial village of wood. Another told of
making candles with he children and using a really old candle
mold for the purpose. It was suggested that the oroject for
next year could be developed by showing the evolution of arti-
ficial light from the cave man rubbing two oieces of wood to-
gether on through the early Greek and Roman lemos to the Am-
erican Betjr lamp. Then to show the use of kerosene lamps end
finally to bring in the incandescent laran of Mr. Edison. We
hope, at any rate, that these teache s who were so enthusiastic
e.oout their early American projects did find some useful ideas
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Friday, April 17, 1936 Pleasant
One hundred and sixty-one years ago today Ephraim
Smith of Sudbury went to the town stock and borrowed a gun amd
bayonet. He v/as prepared to fight the Red Goats v/hen the need
should come. Tv/o days laer, after Paul Revere had spread the
alarm, Ephraim Smith was on his way to Concord with gun and
bayonet. He put his initials "E S" on the handle of the gun
and was careful not to lose it for he had promised to return
the gun to the .own of Sudbury if not lost in cattle. In the
Bar-room of the Inn the very same gun and bayonet which was
used by Ephraim Smith can be seen. Also the written promise
which he gave to the town. It reads as follows:
"These a-e to certify that I Efrom
Smith have received of Jacob Reeves
as one of the Selectmen of Sudbury
a Gun and Baynit of the town Stock
which I promise to return to the
town if not los in Battel.
as witness my Hand
Sudbury April 17, 1775
Saturday, April 18, 1S36 Pleasant
Any commercial aspect about the Inn is put as far as
possible in the background. This applies to the taking of meal
orders which are arranged with as litle formality as possible,
the rule that no tipping be permitted, the fact that the cost
or price of anything is seldom mentioned and in many other
small ways the usual business methods of the present day are
put aside. Yet our guests after enjoying themselves here often
want to express their appreciation by suggesting that we take
a monetary contribution from them. This was the case today
when General Barnum, formerly the commanding officer at Camp
Devens, Massachusets , asked if he might help in some small way
to maintain the house, to preserver it , / to carry on its tradi-
tions. He laic a coin down and inquired if there was a fund in
which the money could be placed. The hostedd explained hat
while his thought was appreciated, such a fund did not exist.
WAYSICE INN -Ir* r Y
Sunday, April 19, 19-56
We think >f the 19th >f April as a kind f memo ial iay when
7/9 respect and revere the memory of Colonel Ezekiel Sow who led the
Sudbury men to C~ncori. No wonder that Colonel how w-is inspire! t- call
forth -is i^en to fight. Undoubtedly many a heated riscussion of heavy
t^xes and sue matters took place in the very Bar-room .f the Inn. The
Landlord felt t^e spirit of freeatom in nis own heart is much as any of
his guest3 felt it. He, entered into the t'ilk of war - "mi pe^ce. It is
sai jl that when Colonel How reached Concord he halted ~n i exclaimed :"If
tny blo< - has been shed, not one of the rascals shall escape!" Irr-gine
his feeling of pri *e when Gener~l Wash ngton steppe, across t .e ti.res-
hold of the he i H rse Toverni So it is witfi 9 feeling _f pride today
tli~t we ^elicte the 13th nf April to t^.e ruem^ry f the third Landl
of W°> side Inn.
Moni-y, April 20, 1336
We have severol examples of New Engi-ui". thrift shown in the
furnishings of the Inn. A gentlen-n pointe ; thee out to us as he went
through the house this evening, hirst he nentione j the tiny boots in
the Bar -room. Ihey ire ms le -like- that is, there is no "right" ^r
"left" boot. When one leather r.ee~ st~rte i to wear ;^wn, y u switched
the boot over to the other foot, ti.us using b:th boots to tie very best
v ; nt~ge. Another example was s -wn in t e Phoebe 1 mp. In the early
slot lamp, the wick was incline, to s~ -k up grease faster t. n It faster
than it could bum it; thereby spilling the grease ve" t e edge and
wasting it. Ihe P.oebe lamp '.. s -uble trough; the lower one made for
t:.e purpose of catching "ny surplus grease. Ihe third ex-mple w ; s found
in the fire bucket with your n j me in b~u ; lettering ~>n t-ie outside, ihis
enabled the owner to identify his awn bucket wi.en the fire* was over, so
as never to lose one of these necessary articles.
ruesday, April 21, 1966
t -' i r
r ne Df Dur guests con-
tributed this ittle verse -b'-ut
L n^ legs
Lit tie he
WAYSI..S INN .,IA r Y
Wednesday, April 22, 1936 Windy
Once in a while a person comes in who seems tc belongj seems to
have been here, always, or to h3ve"grown right on the spot.' 1 Sue, a
Derson came today, he is b minister ?h::se parish is in c nearby town.
fall and slender witi- fine kindly f ee, this gentleman Is of English
descent, he comes very often in tramping togs, carrying a c^ne. Some
times he brings members of his Sunday School or young boys and girls
from his church clubs. This afternoon he came alone md took b long
walk before iinner. Later w.en sitting near t e :>pen fire, he sail, "I
love this pl-ce, its solitude, quietness and pe oe." As he sat on the
high backed sett e he was inconspicuous; he belonge in the picture. It
Wis as if he had ropped in quietly from another century, the l8to cen-
tury, for he appeared perfectly natura in this I8tA century setting.
Thursday, April 25, 13-36 Very pleasant
All w.s a hustle in I bustle t.is morning when tie guests were
expected for breakfast, rhe guests were members of Fred Waring' s "Pen-
sylvanians" orchestra. A .. s: Fred Wari g himself. They -rrivei at ten
o'clock and sat lown tc a large bre-defost served in the big lining-
room. After breakfast t~ey were shown about t. e h use. In the meantime
63 Girl Scouts had arrived and the leader of the group asked Mr. War-
ing to soy a few words to the Scouts. So from the front porch of the
Inn Mr. Waring spoke. We ion't know what remarks Mr. Waring made, but
in a minute all were in a gale of laughter. Members of the orchestra
had a jolly time, too. On leaving one of toe group said, "I'd like to
come cut here and stay two years*" Before returning to Boston where
Mr. Waring is fulfilling an engagement at the lletrop >litan Theatre, s
visit w^s male to the Mary's L~mb School.
Friday, April 24, 1936 Pleasant
Toe boys arrive.! promptly for their lancing classes this e-
vening °ni a kind of party spirit prevai e; in the .ruse. Several '1
friends of the Inn were 'ere for ".inner and there were also 11 over-
night guests. Ihe guests are always told =bout the dancing and are in-
vited to "look on". The boys lo not seem to mind am " udienee" and we
are proud of their iancing. One gentleman from Mexico was much inter-
ested to night in the 9arsovienne. lie saii that the Spaniards in hex-
ice have a iance "La Varsovienne" and that its steps -re simii-r but
e little more intricate.
Saturday, April J5, 1336 Pleasant
A lady caao tc t; e Inn a few lays ago and purchased 9 copy of
"The Story .ry's Little Lamb". S^e said that she was going t take
the book to an old iady who is c^ fined in a oome for Aged Persons,
When a small chi_d, toe old lady wa se n-me is Miss Plummer, ho: cared
for a pet lamb in the same way as our Mary exceot that her lamb was na
YSIDE T NN :i A .r;Y
Saturday, *pril I 5, 1956(cont)
quite os friendly, fihen celebrating her 88th birthday -t t e ~me, Miss
Plummer wrote a poem in celebration. It was o surprise be the Dther old
lilies and it wos c hLle 1 "Abbie's Little Lamb", roiay b letter came in
ti.e moil from Mrs. Go e t e l r -iy who purchi 39" the book and enclosed
was the poem ''Abbie's Little L:mb". We think it especially good. Ihere
ore ten verses but sp^ce permits only the l _ st two.
"But as ..e never lovei i.er
Nor cared for her 9 button
Ihey sol; Lin to the butci.er
Who mole him into mutton.''
'Toe mystery it has been sove 1
An 1 then at last she knew
For Abbie's lamb, it w^s 5 ram
While Mary's was ■' ewe."
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, April 26, 1936 Cloudy and Cold
nr e were pleased to again entertain our friends Mr. end
Mrs. Zelinski for the week-end. They often drive up from
New York on Saturday and stay until Sunday afternoon. During
the time they are with us they frequently remark that their
favorite occupation here is "to sit". "hen it is suggested
that they walk to the school or the mill, or when we venture
a daily newspaper they graciously decline with, "No, we went
to sit." In this way they spend a lazy week-end, sitting be-
fore the open fire, not reading, not talking, not writing,
but just sitting; resting and relaxing from the noise and
rush of city life.
Monday, April 27, 1936 Fair
"Our modern things are not new, they are mostly improve-
ments on ols ideas". This is a remark heard frequently by vi-
sitors. They are amazed when looking at an 18th century we f fie
iron, to learn that waffles are not a new dish of the 20th
century. Go we could go on enumerating a variety of utensils
which express original ideas of a previous century but which,
now made of new and shining metals, appear like marvelous in-
ventions of the present day. This thought was exemplified du-
ring the ".'orld War in what were then known as Lazy Tongs. These
were long scissor-like looking articles made of wood. They
were used by wounded men in hospitals when reaching for things
that had dropped to the floor. If, when in bed, a letter or
magazine dropped out of reach of the patient, he could easily
pick up the lost article with a pair of lazy tongs. Let us
look at the sketch below v/hich shows a pair of L' zy Tongs of
the 18th century. These are made of hand wrought iron and were
used by our great grandmothers for picking up whatever might
have dropped beyond reach.
YSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, A^ril 28, 1936
Last Saturday re quoted some verses from "Abbie's
Little Lamb". N !ow a letter has cone from Hiss Abbie Plumer,
the author of the ooem. As was recorded Aboie vthcs 88 years of
age and is confined in a Home for the Aged in Dorchester,
Mass. Evidently the book of the story of Mary's Little i-amb
has pleased Miss Plumer very much. She writes that she wishes
that she couln visit the . : .chool house where Mary went to school
and says; "my days of going about are practically over. I have
to content myself with the next best thing the book of Mary's
Little Lamb I have enjoyed it thoroughly, every page from
cover to cover. The picture of the school house with the chil-
dren near it and Mr. and I.Irs. Henry Ford standing in the door-
way is very impressive. It was a great idea of them to inves-
tigate the story and give it to the public."
"ednesday, April 29, 1936
'arm <x Pleasant
be in tune
of the pore
a lovely di
left for us
sees the fa
vely warm day for a change and everybody seems to
with the feeling of warmth and sunshine. The guests
when they can be seated for tea or dinner on the
ng the late afternoon and early evening hours (due
Saving time) the sun pours into the west windows
h. In the house there are two bcvls of pansies and
sh of hyacinths from the old-fashioned garden. Also
eo which some of our guests, Mr. and Mrs. Bowker
. The hostesses have appeared in light frocks and
e in the number of guests is marked. Outside one
it: wagons moving busily by. The lacy effect of the
leaves just in bud and sun shining through is en-
sign that Spring is here.
Miss de Mi lie
in light Spring
"'AYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, April 30, 1936
"I am thrilled with the color of this house," remarked
Mr. Mettel, artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs.
Mettel and daughter stayed over night, having just arrived
from an extensive European tour. In Europe Mr. Mettel studied
methods of aqua-tinting and plans to do some pictures of early
American Taverns. He decided that the very first thing he
would sketch when he came back to America would be the \ r .'ayside
Inn. So, sititing near the corner of the Gate House Mr. Mettel
made a very fine sketch of the house, bringing out many de-
tails of the trees and shruos. After seeing some of the aqua-
tints which Mr. Mettel has cone we imagine that the Inn is go-
ing to be a beautiful picture when done in colors. Mr. Mettel
plans to have a formal exhibition of his pictures when some
American scenes are done. Another young artist from a school in
Boston was working near the mill recently and later painted
the Inn in .liter color.
Friday, May 1, 1936
Our attention on Friday evenings turns to the boys of the
school and to-night they were here again, looking very trim
in their best suits of clothes. Usually when one sees the boys
out working around the farm or on the lawns they are attired
in overalls or old looking clothes. Always do they look neat,
however. .Recently we found one of the boys taking cere of the
new chickens. The baby chicks are now quite grown up.
at the Chicken
WAYSIDE I kRY
Saturday, May 2, 1936 Pleasant
Ministers seem to find a keen enjoyir.ent anc- anprecic-
tion of the house. They like the quiet and. peace of the at-
mosphere. They find little stories of sacrifice, courage and
perseverance in many of the furnishings. Beautiful things
wrought by hand after countless hours of labor, crude bits of
work which nevertheless show ingenuity and originality. Rev.
Mr. TUce is among our clerical friends and comes to seeus
occasionally. He became tremendously interested in the Boys
School when he was here recently and asked if he might visit
the school, see the boys at work. etc. He remarked later that
he planned to write a sermon based on a "Hidden Charity" which
he learned about at the school.
WAYSIDE INN DIARI
Sun lay, May 3, 1936
In spite of a stead;, rain one hundred and forty-four persona dined at the
Inn today,, Mo3t of trie people case at noon time in groups ~f t'.ree, four ana
five. One of our most enthusiastic guests toioy was a Br, McCormick from Chi-
cago. Although he had to be wheeled about in a w^ieel chair by a Japanese valet
Mr. McCcrmick was able to see the Parlor and to hear the story of trie Inn.
He particularly enjoyed the iongfellow association and in locking at the pic-
tures of the men who to 12 the Tales, groupe.1 over the oil piano in a corner
of the parlor, Mr McCorraick remarket thnt he thought that particular ''corner"
to be the most interesting place in the house, he ?lso spoke enthusiastically
when told about the "somre" clock. He exclaimed, "Jove, isn't that just the
right word for it, "sombre" I
Monday, May 4, 1936
This picture was taken abcut a
week ago and shows one of our youngest,
Siie is the youngest visitor that we have
had stay over night in a long time ani
we liked tue patter of tiny footsteps
through the halls and her jumping up
ani uown in the yard. It w<s difficult
to snap her in a quiet position. ;:ere
she is pointing with glee to her older
brother, ihey are t~:e children of Mr.
and Mrs. W P Browne.
Tuesday, May 6, 1936
It is rather a common occurance for an adult to give us information
on tne furnishings, but when a small boy volunteered a bit of news, we were
somewhat surprised. I he young m^n was on the front row in one of the large
groups of school children that recently visitel the Inn. Be wa3 quiet ^ni
WAISIDE INN DIARI
Tuesday, May 5, 1336 (cont)
attentive and wile-eyed as he pushed his way to be near the hostess. frl*en
the hostess spoke of the carders in the old kitchen, used in rolling wool
in preparation for spinning, the youngster sail, "Did ycu know that carding
wool was one of the things that the cidldren were made to do in the old
days? It was one of their most important chores!"
Wednesday, May 6, 1936 Fair and warm
We were glad that the sun shone brightly this mroning because we
entertained three large groups for luncheon. The first group ^rtved *t
twelve o'clock, coming from Ayer, Massachusetts. Over sixty members of the
Ayer Womans Club had luncheon in the smal^ dining room an:i later held their °n
annual meeting there. Large bunches of flowers and a corsage for each offi-
cer made it a gala party. In the large dining room one hundred and seventeen
members of the Hoden W mans Club were served luncheon. After lunch they ad-
journed to the large bald room where a meeting was hell. Later in the after-
noon a group of children from Brookline, 'Massachusetts complete 1 a histori-
cal tour by dining here.
Thursday, May 7, 1936 Cold, showeres
Modesty is to be admired, but we would hove been pleased today had
Mr3. Ruth Webb Lee made herself known to us. Not unt.il after 3he had left the
Inn did we discover her name on the register- book. She is tie authoress of
the well known book on Early American Pre33ed Galas* ihhis book has become very
popular and has stimulate! mecii interest among collectors in acquiring var-
ious patterns of old glass. Late this afternoon a group of about sixty school
children arrived, to be sh.-wn about the Inn. Ihey came from Fitcnburg, Mas3.
Friday, M^y 8, 193<n Fair and warm
After yester lay's experience in letting a well known person "escape"
us, we were p^rticu arj.y alert txiay in discovering !lr George R Putnam, re-
cently retired chief of the Lighthouse Division of the U. S. Department of
Commerce. Mr and 2rs. Putnam stopped for luncheon on their way fr^w ILaaling-
ton to Boston. In the evening we 3oon learned that fir lim HcCoy was in the
house. He is one of the populTr movie actors from Hollywood and is now doing
some daring horse-back riding with the circus in Bo3ton. The boys from the
school, coming in for t^eir iancing class, were thrilled to see Tim.
Saturday, May 9, 1936 Warm and Pleasant
The past week with its warm sunshine has brought forth rmny buis on the
trees and shrubs arouni the house. Especially noticable are the lilac blos-
soms on the tall white lilac bush *t the side of the front door. White lilacs
are more unusual than lavender blossoms and older, we think. One of our guests
spoke of our lilacs today and said that she rememberel a time when lilacs
were very unpopular and that the o;ter from t.aern was consiaered quite iis^ree-
WAYSI3S INN -IARX
Saturday, May 9, 1936 (cont)
She said that she was glad that the sentiment toward the lovely lilac had
changed. We agreed with her in thinking that lilace are a pretty ani pleasing-
ly fragrant flower.
WAYSIDE I -IN DI-'iRY
Sunday, May 10, 1936
Seventy-five members of the Catholic Daughters of Amer-
ica held their Mothers' Day Communion 3reakfast in the large di-
ning room at 10:15 this morning. The dining room was filled with
large sprays of apple blossoms giving a fairy-land-like appear-
ance to the whole room. Music was furnished by Miss Allen, form-
er teacher at the Redstone School and Miss de Mille. Around noon
tine the usual Sunday groups of dinner guests began to arrive
and continued on through the aftarnoon. Altogether 275 meals
Monday, May 11, 1936
Another tour was made around the outside recently and we
especially like to visit the "Parmenter Sisters " house, ^his
quaint old house is as old as the Inn, if not older. It looks
snug and comfortable in its original setting, and particularly
charming at this time when all the lilac bushes which surround it
are in bud. We also admired the old well and thought it worthy
of a oicture.
Tuesday, May 12, 1936
This is the season when v/e are entertaining many large
parties. We were glad to welco-e the New England Baptist Hospital
Alumnae group of about sixty-five young ladies who came this e-
wening for dinner. They were our guests last year also and seemed
to enjoy themselves very much, both at the dinner which was given
in honor of the graduating class, and in the Ball room later when
they danced a few of the old-fashioned dances. Mrs. Elderkin, our
regular dancing teacher, directed the dances and some of the
young ladies were doing the Barn dance, the Virginia Reel and the
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, way 13, 1936 Partly cloudy
People from Western states particularly thrill to learn
about the Inn, its history and its furnishings. Most of them come
with the idea that they are go ing to see things which are vastly
different from things in the 7/est,, eld pieces of furniture and
household utensils about which they have read but have never seen.
They are often the people who stay for luncheon and linger on to
see everything, the school house, the coaches and the mill. We
found a lady today writing a letter at the desk in the parlor. She
was from a western state and sincerely expressed her appreciation
of the Inn by saying: "I will never as long as I live, forget this
place. I think it is perfect, the luncheon was perfect, everything
Thursday, May 14, 1936 Pleasant
"e have received a letter from Miss Maude Doolittle, an
overnight guest, enclosing a list of 38 birds. All of these birds
were seen by Miss Doolittle and three friends aho came to the Inn
especially for the purpose of studying the birds. Miss Fisher says
that Miss Doolittle and her friends literally "stole" out of their
rooms at an early rorning houB, probably well trained in moving
about stealthily, and spent several hours in seeking the various
birds which fly around this vicinity. In the list which Miss Doo-
little sent were many birds which we have already seen. In fact
we were proud to add ten more birds to the list, making a total
of 48 different birds seen in our neighborhood this year.
Friday, May 15, 1936 Pleasant
More groups came today and kept the hostesses busy in
taking care of each grouo as it arrived. First came a party of
7 for luncheon in the old kitchen. Next was another grouo from the
Edward Devotion School in Brookline, 34 pupils sat down to an af-
ternoon lunch at 4:30 o'clock. In the evening we entertained a
birthday party consisting of 9 persons. During dinner a birthday
cake appeared with white icing and border of lilacs, giving it a
festive touch. The fourth large number to arrive were executives
of the Liberty Mutual Life Insurance Co. who had one long ta ole
in the old dining room for their dinner party of 22.
Saturday, May 16, 1936 Pleasant
Among our regular guests are two school groups which co::.e
every Saturday morning under the direction of Mr. Fisher from "'or-
cester. This is the eighth season Mr. Fisher has been visiting the
Inn with Junior High School groups. During the month of May each
year, Mr. Fisher cores regularly every Saturday morning about 8
o'clock. They go on from here to Lexington and Concord. Miss de
Mille says they are the best of the school groups for they always
quiet and attentive and interested. It seems that Mr. Fisher al-
ways has a joke, too, and it is the same joke every Saturday,
played on a different group of youngsters. It's about Mr. Fisher's
WAYSIDE INN DIAPcY
Saturday, May 16, 1936 (cont)
hat. He always puts it near the corn sheller in the front hall.
Then when Miss de Mille mentions the corn sheller, Mr, Wisher ex-
plains that the hat is not old that it is a 20th Century hat and
belongs to him! Other school groups which visited the Inn this
week, include :
Faculty wives State Teachers' College
History Club of the Hi£h School of
Commerce, Worcester, i.Iass.
Mi 1 lour y Junior High School
Teachers College of Connecticut
New Britain, Conn.
Travel Club of -^ynn English High
School. Lynn, Mass.
Class of 1939 Brocton High School
WAY3IDE INN DIARY
Sunday, May 17, 1936
Yesterday being the annual Tree Day obsevance at "elles-
ley College we entertained several young students and their
parents through the week-end. One young lady telephoned at
half past twelve and asked if we could arrange a table for
twenty persons at one o'clock. From the telephone the hostess
transferred the order to a me; 1 slip and hastened to the pan-
try where the order was given to waitresses and kitchen. Prom-
ptly at one, in spite of a hundred or more other Sunday dinner
guests, everything was ready for the part}' from "ellesley. It
consisted of several pretty college girls and the rest were
proud mothers and fathers.
Monday, May 18, 1936
An increasing number of visitors are taking advantage
of these lovely warm Spring days to see the Inn. They are
spending more time in walking about the grounds and often
are seen lingering around the front door. The seats on ei-
ther side of the front door tempt one to sit down in the
sunshine. Prom there a splendid view of the la-.ns, trees
and shrubs can be enjoyed. Also much comment is made on the
English Hawthorne tree which is now covered with its lovel;
pink blossoms. This stands just across the gravel roadway
in front of the Inn.
Spring visitors near the front door.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Tuesday, May 19, 1936 Pleasant
Lately we have had among our guests several people from
Japan. One party v/hich interested us very much were a mother
and father and daughter from Tokio. The father graduated some
years ago from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
speaks English fluently. The daughter who looks like a typical
Japanese doll, can speak only a few words of our language. She
was quiet and smiling most of the tire and looked intently at
everything. Once, however, she came close to the hostess and
a little bashfully mumbled the word "won-der-ful" .' The other
party of Japanese who came to our attention particularly were
three young men. Two of them have been here many tires before,
but the third was introduced as a student who had arrived in
Boston on his way from Euro oe to Japan.. This was his one day
in Boston. He spent it in seeing the Inn and in lunching here
with his two friends.
Wednesday, May 20, 1936 Pleasant
The Urological Society is having its annual meeting in
Boston and today the wives of visiting members were here for
luncheon; 110 in the party'. In the group of out -of -town doc-
tors was John K Orraond of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Dr and Mrs Orraond dined here on Monday evening with some
friends and said that they felt very uch at home because they
had heard a great deal about the Tayside Inn. This evening an-
other large group were here; the National Confectioners Asso-
ciation with 74 of their number in the dining room. After din-
ner they adjourned to the ball room where old-time dances were
enjoyed under the direction of Mrs Elderkin.
Thursday, May 21, 1936 Pleasant
We called on Mr Hebb at the sheep barn this week and
found that the sheep had just been given a shearing. Although
they are not as pretty without their white coats, we decided
to take a picture of them. The picture reminds us of what
Miss "Jelch, our former hostess, said about newly sheared
sheep. She remarked that after shearing, the sheep alwaj's
look rather ashamed of themselves!
WAYS IDE INN DIA^Y
Thursday, May 21, 1936 (cont)
Friday, May 22, 1936
Instructors and boys from the
engaged in setting ui a stage and i
properties fro three plays which we
by the three schools, Mary's -^amb,
Chairs v/ere arranged end the large
ents and friends. All declared that
formed very well and that the boys
mystery play. The "mystery" did not
any length of time, for according t
who were not in the play they "knew
Pleasant and warm
school have been busily
n getting together stage
re presented this evening
Southwest and Boys School.
Ball room filled with par-
the smaller children per-
put on an especially good
remain deep and dark for
o two or three of the boys
all the time that the man
Saturday, May 23, 1936
Mr Edward A Filene of Boston came out for dinner to-
night and brought with hir: a letter which he has kindly pre-
sented to the Inn. It is a note written to Mr Filene by Mr
Lemon acknowledging a drawing of the Paint and Clay Club at
the Wayside Inn which Mr. Filene presented to Mr Lemon in 1899.
The drawing now hangs in the front lower hall and we think that
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Saturday, May 23, 1936(cont)
the letter will be a splendid addition. It reads as follows:
So. Sudbury Dec 18th 99
Mr Edwd Philene
My dear Sir:
I may seem slov in answering your kind letter
and gift of the Pen drawing of the Paint and Clay Club
at the Inn, but ray business has been so rushing I over-
looked it but I value and appreciate the gift and have
given it a good place; it was very kind of you.
WAYSIDE INN DIAP.Y
Sunday, May 24, 1936
Pleasant & warm
On Sundays the hostess staff, waitresses and kitchen
workers are on duty in fill swing. This means that every reg-
ular worker is here. During the week every person in every one
of these departments has a day away. Consequently when you
sometimes find one of the members of our staff absent, it is
explained that this is "her day off". But you never find this
to be the case on Sunday. As a matter of fact there are usual-
ly extra waitresses in the dining room to take care of the ex-
tra large number of dinner guests. Should you happen to look
into the pantry on a Sunday, you will find the girls in their
neat gray uniforms rushing to and fro, carrying trays, "making
up" salads or calling an order down to the kitchen. Agnes in
her fresh white sik dress directs the waitresses and makes sure
that our guests are served promptly and efficiently.
wayside inn dia?,y
Monday, x.iay 25, 1936 Pleasant
The hostesses have become accustomed to explaining cer-
tain things in the house to our guests and not calling attention
to others. This is due to the fa.cg that the time a person can
spend here is often limited. Therefore we have chosen to point
out to our guests the things which we think to be the most in-
teresting and important. Once in a while, however, a guest will
call our attention to something we have not mentioned and tell
us an interesting story about it. This happened today when a
man spoke of a dear little child's chair. He asked if we knew
why the four posts of the chair were smoothed down on one side,
making a flat surface. " 7 e didn't know. He then explained to us
that the smooth part on the post was put down on the floor and
the chair pushed around the room by the baby of the family when
he or she was learning to walk. After this interesting bit of
informationhad been given we flet that our little chair, which
is near the register desk in the Bar room, had been somewhat
Tuesday, May 26, 1936 Pleasant
Sir John " ? ilson from London was en early morning visit-
or. "'Inen told about the sombre clock in the Parlor and that po-
ssibly the clock case had been sent to China and lacquered
there, Sir John said, "No, that was not always done. After a
few had been sent and the art of lacquering learned by the Eng-
lish, the clock cases were then generally lacquered in England."
"3ut", said Sir John, " T7 .'e will soon find out just where the
clock was lacquered! If the eyebrows of the ren pictured on the
case are slanting, then the case was cone in the Orient. If the
eyebrows are straight this will prove that the case was lac-
quered in England!" After a careful examination our guests
thought the eyebrows to be on a slant. Miss De Mille says that
the eyebrows are straight! A magnifying glass is needed!
"ednesday , May 27, 1936 Showeres
Flcweres are appearing on the dining tables and through-
out the house. One of the prettiest combinations of flowers and
one which caused much comment from our guests was a lilac and
tulip arrangement; lavender lilacs and pink tulips placed to-
gether. Lately we have had graceful branches of spirea with a
few iris mixed in . Today there are large clusters of purple
."/SIDE INN DIAEY
Wednesday, May 27, 1936 (cont)
iris in the pewter mugs and vases. The pictures below were
taken at the green house. In the : ' frames" are some of the flow-
er plants ready to be transplanted into our cut flower garden.
The interior view shows some of the boys at work on the cucmber
Thursday, May 28, 193 6
A gentleman came to the front door about eight o'clock
this evening and asked if we kept over-night guests. V : hen an-
swered in the affirmative he engaged a double room for him-
self and wife. After having dinner the wife (Mrs Scribner)
asked some questions about the Inn and on being told about the
Longfellow conection exclaimed; "Why, I had no idea we were in
Longfellow's '"ay side Inn! We have read of it, of course, and
while we were eating dinner I knew that Mr Scribner had brought
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, May 28, 1936 (cont)
me to an unusual, delightful place. I felt as if he was giving
me a lovely present; that I was having a most wonderful experi-
ence. But I never imagined that I was in the dear old Wayside
Inn! We came on it accidentally, and I thought it just another
place to stay. I never anticipated such a treat as this."
Friday, May 29, 1936 Fair
An elderly laay came today who reported that she had at-
tended a party held years ago in Cambridge when Mr Longfel?
played the role of Sant Claus. She said: "I didn't care whether
he was a poet or not and when someone whispered to me that Santa
Claus was trie great and famous Longfellow, I was interested only
in knowing whether his pack contained a gift for me! Mrs Brooks
explained that the party took place just after Mr Longfellow's
marriage to Miss Appleton.
Saturday, May 30, 1936 Pleasant
A holiday and the usual holiday stream of visitors and
dinner guests. Among the two hundred dinner guests was Mr Sui -
ner 7/elles, Assistant Secretary of State and former ambassador
WAYSIDE INN DIA?.Y
Sunday, May 31, 1936 Pleasant
Sundays remind us of the long tedious sermons of
Sunday church services in the old cays, the minister who
preached for three hours in the morning and again in the
afternoon. We are reminded of the unheated meeting houses
and the tiny square foot stoves filled with warm coals.
On a shelf behind our Bar is an Hour Glass, used corr only
on the pulpit of the old meeting house, "e can imagine how
keenly the small boys and girls in the congregation watched
the sand as it dropped sloly from one glass container into
the other. One of our guests gave us some interesting in-
formation about the Hour Glass. He said that there was a
flat surfrce on the side of the wooden frame on which the
glasses rest. 7'hen tipped on its side then the Hour ^lass
stays secure and the sa .- s not flow. Consequently when
tbere was need for a short rest during the three hour sermon,
the glass was placed on its side and no count made for the
Monday, June 1, 1936 Pleasant
In comparison with the experience of the Scribner's,
over-night guests last week who were surprised tc find them-
selves at the "'ayside Inn, were some visitors today from
Toronto, Canada. The goupr consisted of a mother and two
sons. As they were being shown about the house, the hostess
suggested that she might oe taking too much of their time.
In a loud chorus they said, "No indeed." Then they went on
to say that they had. come all the way from Canada to see the
house; that they had dreamt of being here, hoped some day
that a visit would be possible and that at last they had ar-
rived! "You have no ir-ea of what this visit means to us,"
."'SIDE INN DIAI2Y
Tuesday, June 2, 1936
Our guests enjoy the Grist Mill and often enquire
in which direction to go to get there. After a visit to the
Mill, the guests are frequently seen with a bag of flour
or meal tucked under their arm. 3elow is a picture of Mr
Ma the son, the neat and tidy miller, who courteiously tells
you all about the workings of the irill and how the eleva-
tors run about carrying the flour upstairs into the sepa-
rators and downstairs again into the bins. When we ask
Mr Matheson if he could think of something interesting. and
typical to have in his hand for the picture, he said : "'.Veil,
how would a bag of meal do?"
YSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, June 3, 1936 Pleasant
Although we request our guests not to" tip" any em-
ployee of t he house, often we receive tokens of apprecia-
tion in other forms than the usual monetary " tip/', "hen
certain of our guests come for dinner on Saturday night
they always bring to one of the hostesses a copy of the
Boston Evening Transcript with a small bouquet of flowers.
Sometimes a guest will write a note of appreciation after
a visit to the Inn and will enclose a dainty handkerchief
for the hostess. -Recently a gentleman dashed out to his
car in the parking space and returned with a box of pop
corn. He exclaimed, "I make the beat corn you*ve ever tast-
ed J Been making it for years. I'll tell you everything about
it except how to make it! You've told me some mighty in-
teresting things. Now I want you to know what I do." Then
again one of the hostesses will pass around a box of candy:
a gift from a grateful guest.
Thursday, June 4, 1936 Pleasant
Large groups continue to corr.e to see the house and
to be served in the dining room. Among the groups which
have come during the past week are.
Bristol High School, Bristol, N H
C C Club, Boston
Boylston School, Boylston, Mass.
Hamilton High School
Cornerstone Bible Class, Winchester, Mass.
"/AYS IDE INN DIARY
Friday, June 5, 1936 Pleasant
This week we have entertained several people from
Detroit. Mr and Mrs W N Davis and daughter stayed ever
night ~n Tednesday leaving yesterday afternoon. This after-
noon Mr Fournier also from the Ford Motor Company was a vis-
itor and was shown all through the house. He told us much a-
bout Greenfield Village and of the many fine pieces of furn-
Saturday, June 6, 1936 Pleasant
In Part 2 of the "Tales of a TJaysice Inn" is The Le-
gend Beautiful, the Theologian's tale. It is indeed a beau-
tiful story about the monk who saw a vision of the Cord ap-
pear before him. He was surprised and felt exhalted" that the
Lord should visit his poor cell. Outside, however, were poor
and hungry people waiting e t the convent gate.
Should he go or should he st&yV
Should he leave the poor to wait
Hungry at the Convent gate
Till the vision passed away?
Then a voice within his breast
Do thy duty that is best
Leave unto the Lord the rest.
The last tow lines appeared in the Boston Transcript
this evening and the question asked as to where they could
be found. We do not think it generally known that these fam-
iliar lines aopea. 1 in our own "Tales of a V'avside Inn".
"AYSIDL" INN DIARY
Sunday, June 7, 1936 Pleasant
A social service worker from New Bedford lokked at
our "Spills" in the pipe box in the ^ar room and asked if
they were old. It was explained that the Spills had been
made recently to show our guests the form of tcper used
in the old days when matches were few and expensive. Then
the lady said that she had never seen a Spill until a few
years ago, at the beginning of the depression, when she
had found poor people in the tenement districts making pa-
per spills exactly like ours , to use instead of matches.
We were surprised to learn that people had need to econo-
mize to that extent in the present day. We were glad, how-
ever, that as practical a way to conserve could be bor-
rowed from our ingenious ancestors!
Monday, J une 8, 1936 Pleasant
Te might say that this is our week of large groups.
They started today about noon time when 39 ladies, wives
of the Alumni of the Mass. Institute of* Technology, had
luncheon in the old Dining room. At 2:30 in the afternoon
75 members of the Somerville Catholic TTomens Club arrived
to play cards in the large Ball room. After the card games
were over, the group adjourned to the large Dining room
where a chicken dinner was served. After dinner old fash-
ioned dancing was enjoyed in the Ball room. In the mean-
time another group of 45 members of the Equitable Life In-
surance Company held a dinner in the small dining room.
These groups were, of course, in addition to our usual
luncheon and dinner guests and visitors to see the house.
Tuesday, June 9, 1936 Pleasant
One of the largest and "one of the best groups that
ever came into the house" as Agnes, our head waitress said
was the V'oburn Teachers Association which held a dinner
here tonight. One hundred and sixty young men and women
paid tribute to their retiring Superintendent of Schools
by being at the dinner and presenting him with several
gifts, a testimonial, a large bouquet of flowers and tv
sums of money. After dinner a few good, familiar songs
were sung and speeches were made. On leaving more then
one teacher spike to our hostess declaring that this was
the best ->lace, the best food, and the best time that their
particular group had enjoyed in several years.
Wednesday, June 10, 1936 Cloudy
Sixty members of the Junior Ciess of the Immaculate
Conception School of Lowell were luncheon guests today. A
sister in charge of the school thought we should have a
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Wednesday, June 10, 1936(cont)
copy of a short piece of prose which one of the pupils
wrote about the Inn. As space forbids quoting every line,
se can only repeat in part :
"Aregion of repose, it seems
A place of sli of c [ret
among the /.ills"
"Dreams f ou " ' 5 Ln 7 re -revolutionary days,
of a new era of liberty and peace.
Dreair.s of the young French officer, Lafayette, who
having helped to gain our freedom, returned to
his own land with new and sronger ideals."
Thursday, June 11, 1936 Pleasant
Pupils of the Hedbtone and Southwest Schools provided
an entertainment in the large Ball room this evening, as a
kind of closing party for their parents and friends. A Mother
Goose play was enacted and an exhibition of old fashioned
dancing was enjoyed. Gue ts coring in for dinner were also
invited to see the children and several expressed rpprecia-
tion and enthusiasm for a pleasant evening. It seemed to be
an especially enjoyable evening for a young man and his
wife who came all the way from Manchester, New Hampshire to
see the house, but after hearing that they could have dinner
here, they decided to stay. Later they joined the audience
in the Ball room and were not on their way back to Manchester
until a late hour.
Friday, June 12, 1936 Pleasant
We were very proud of the Senior Class of the Soys
School when they dined at the Inn this evening. Tall, good
looking boys in ..est clothes, and several with a bright flow-
er in the lapel of their coats. Mr and Mrs. Sennott, Mr and
Mrs. Young and instructors of the school mace up the dinne
party which took pi : i. Aften s
joinec ■ " gul£ ia: ning dancing class,
Saturday, June 13, 1936 Rain
Ending our week was another day of large groups. Perhaps
the most important party was the 50th ".e doing Anniversary din-
ner of Mr end Mrs Chandler of Leominster, Mass. Dinner was
served in the old kitchen at 1?:30 o'clock. Apropos of the oc-
casion were floral decorations of white syringa, which looked
as nearly like orange blossoms as we could provide, with a
few deep pink roses scattered through. In the centre of the
table was a large wedding cake with white icing an r ~ trimmed
with the same kinds of flowers. The red and white table cloth
'VAY5IDE INN DIARY
Saturday, June 13, 193 6(cont)
and napkins were reminiscent of old days and a cheery
fire brightened the room. Another interesting group was
that of twenty-five members of the Selectmens Association
of Middlesex County. Arrangements were made for this meet-
ing and luncheon by Mr Hall, Chairman of the Selectmen of
Sudbury. Meetings were held in the small Ball room in the
morning and again in the afternoon. This would seerr. to be
the rao.it appropriate place in all Middlesex County for the
Selectmen to meet. We remember the account in the Town re-
cords of Sudbury, that in the year 1695 the Selectmen of
Sudbury "Expended at Mr. Hows: 1 pound, 4 shillings, 6
pence." The items listed are as follows:
July 2, 1695, by 6 dinners
Aug 28, 95, 8 dinners
and a pint half rum
Aug ye 30, '95 by 6 diners
pin r half rum
Sept. 6, '95 a quart of rum
7 dinners Selectmen
by a pint of rum
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, June 14, 1936 Rain
This week might be termed "graduation week". It is
the Commencement week of our own 7/ayside Inn Schools and
also for many of the large schools and colleges in this
vicinity; chief among them Harvard University and 7/elles-
ley College. Consequently there were several parties of
pretty girls and young men gathered in the large dining
room during this afternoon, Pouring rain outside did not
seem to hinder the jollity and frivolity of the occasion
inside. But we imagine that some of the fair young grad-
uates who appeared in dark dresses were keenly disappoin-
ted that light fluffy apparel could not be worn.
Monday, June 15, 1936 Cloudy &
Over simple white dresses, several sweet girl grad-
uates from 7/ellesley wore the conventional long black
graduation gown when they arrived here for luncheon to-
day. Sitting around the fireplace informally in the Bar-
room could be seen two tall blonde girls strikingly beau-
tiful in these long black robes and tri-cornered black
hats. On the settle nearby sat proud fathers, with Grad-
uation Day programs tucked in their pockets, listening in-
tently to the sophisticated and v. ise conversation of their
daughters! We were impressed with the poise and self-con-
fidence these charming girls possessed.
Tuesday, June 16, 1936 Pleasant
If we may be permitted to write for a third day in
succession about this commencement week and its gradua-
tions, we would like to say a word about some of the
young men, just out of Harvard College, who came to the
Inn today. And speaking of Harvard reminds us that this
is the 300th anniversary of the founding of the College.
During the early days of the Inn we can imagine that oc-
casionally a Harvard student would arrive on the stage
coach, a young man bound for the great seat of learning
at Cambridge. Then later when Longfellow drew his charac-
ters for the Tales of a 7/ayside Inn, we remember the "The-
ologian from the School of Cambridge on the Charles". The
young students from Cambridge who came to the Inn today
seemed unusually youthful, yet there was a seriousness
and earnestness in their manner; they were genuine and
sincere. 7 : e realized, however, that an education was not
entirely responsible for these fine examples of young Am-
erican manhood. Parents of the boys were with them and
had attended the the graduation exercises. Modest too, the
parents were typical of the so-called middle class. V, T e
felt that a great many sacrifices had been made to give
these boys a college education. Therefore this visit of v
both parents and sons to the 7/ayside Inn was an unusual
event; it was a treat, a kind of celebration. The boys
Uagatto 3mt ^>r!|oola
Thursday, June 18, 1936
REDSTONE, SOUTHWEST, AND
WAYSIDE INN BOYS SCHOOL
7.45 P. M.
aptfo 3nn lings Sdjonl
MARCH Miss Fisher
Miss de Milk
SONG — "America the Beautiful"
INVOCATION Rev. John Cummings
Congregational Church, Marlborough
OLE' BLACK JOE (Stephen Foster) Southwest
WHICH IS THE WAY TO SOMEWHERE TOWN Kate Greenway
PIANO SOLO Robert Johnson, Boys School
THE HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD (Sam Walter Foss)
Marilyn Field, Southwest
BRAHM'S LULLABY Redstone
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB Helen Eaton, Redstone
PIANO SOLO Wilfred Allen, Boys School
GRADUATION ADDRESS Dr. Roger F. Etz
Secretary and General Superintendent,
The Universaiist General Convention
DUET — "The Beautiful Blue Danube" Joyce Belcher
Elaine Tulis, Southwest
PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS Mr. Ralph J. Sennott
BOYS SCHOOL SONG Boys School
(words by Robert Cook, '36)
SONG — "Now the Day is Over"
BENEDICTION Rev. John Cummings
MARCH Miss Fisher
Miss de Mille
Charlotte Ruth Capone
Helen Louise Eaton
Russell Mason Spring, Jr.
Alfred Francis Bonazzoli
Kenneth Charles McKenzie
Marilyn Jean Field
Elaine Marie Tulis
Joyce Hortense Belcher
Alvin Lloyd Bradshaw
WAYSIDE INN BOYS SCHOOL
Alton Robert Cook
George Leslie Earle
Waino David Hakala
Walter Clarence Hamilton
Oliver John Kuronen
George Henry McCormack
Joseph Mathew McDonald
Eugene Vincent O'Connor
Edwin Adam Paige
Anthony Mathew Talacko
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America ! America !
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America ! America !
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
NOW THE DAY IS OVER
Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh,
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.
Through the long night watches
May thine angels spread
Their white wings above me,
Watching 'round my bed.
When the morning wakens,
Then may I arise,
Pure and fresh and sinless
In thy holy eyes.
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Tuesday, Jane 16, 1936(cont)
were beaming with enthusiasm and an air of exciteir.ent pre-
vailed. It was as if this were the one great event of a
life time; something that occurs only once. And so it is,
this Commencement week when many fine young people are com-
mencing a new phase of life.
Wednesday, June 17, 1936 Cloudy
Mr J ? Marquand ordered tea this afternoon and when
giving his name at the Bar, Miss Fisher discovered him to
be the well known writer. For a long time we kept his book
"Lord Timothy Dexter" under the print of the Dexter house
which hangs in the Bar-room. The book finally became so
worn that it was put on the shelf in the Library closet.
Miss Fisher explained the circumstances to Mr Marquand. It
seems that Mr Marquand has been here several times before.
He must find keen enjoyment in the Inn for he is thoroughly
familiar with New England historical subject matter.
Thursday, June 18, 1936 Showers
Graduation exercises of the Wayside Inn schools took
place this evening in the large Ball-room. We were very
proud of the graduates of the Boys School, the Mary Lamb
School and the Southwest School as they took their places
before a gathering of relatives and friends. Especially
were we pleaded with the nice looking boys of the Boys
School. They sat very stright and still in a semi-circle
on the stage. There was a fine talk by &r Stz, a V/ayside
Inn minister, that is, of the Universalist Retreat group
of ministers who come to the "ayside Inn annually, and Mr
Sennott presented diplomas. Every boy was dignified and
modest as he came forward to receive his own certificate
of graduation. V/e wish we could write a bit about every
single boy. Each one has his own special fine character-
istics which makes him worth of the education received
here. Each one has endeared himself to the Wayside Inn
family and it is with somewhat a feeling of sadness that
the time has come for a graduation . We hope, however, that
these graduates will not lose touch with their school and
that they will always remain members of our V/ayside Inn
A Glimpse at Our Seniors at Wayside Inn
(By Joseph McDonald)
As I sit and gaze at my fellow
seniors in an attempt to fathom their
varying characteristics, I am im-
pressed by the fact that we are all
so very dissimilar in many respects,
and yet we live harmoniously to-
We are ten in number; rugged
and athletic as a whole, and with a
broad, eager, and hopeful outlook
on life. As we are to graduate into
the cold, cold world this June, it
may be of interest to record some of
our ambitions and aspirations.
Let us start down one aisle and
up the next. There is Walter Hamil-
ton, a big boy who tips the scales at
one hundred and eighty pounds.
"Hammy" wants to become a farmer
and is majoring in teaming. He is
looking out of the window intently
just now, and I readily imagine he is
thinking of the coming spring, the
planting of seeds, the cultivation of
the soil, and the many other occupa-
tions connected with his chosen work.
In addition to his other virtues,
Hamilton is one of our best football
We next meet "Mike" Kuronen,
the boy aviator of the class, who is
now pondering a chapter in chemistry.
Mike is often found talking about
aviation or reading on the subject.
His favorite periodical is Popular
Aviation. This boy is also a star
pitcher on the baseball team and an
As I look farther down the aisle
my eyes focus upon "Bob" Cook. A
medium-sized, good-looking fellow,
and popular with tltf&boys is Bob.
He is our best writer and 1 is now
engaged in turning out material for
the Herald. We feePThat this boy
will make a name for himself in the
Next we have "Tony" Talacko,
who is smaller in size than the rest
of us, but nevertheless a boy with
big ideas. Everyone knows that
Tony has literary ability and that he
is one of the best students in the
class. Perhaps his major interest,
though, is poultry. He spends much
time with this study, and it would
not be surpiising ii he is able to see
some poetry in hens. Perhaps the
hens may have a future poet laureate
The boy behind Tony, who is at
present engaged in reading a chapter
of Ivanhoe, is none other than Edwin
Paige who has ambitions toward
becoming a speed demon. Ed is
interested in mechanics in genera],
and has high hopes of driving a racing
car over the race tracks of the country.
He is also interested in radio and
may often be found tinkering away
on a set oblivious to all about him.
The fellow who follows Ed is my
old friend Vincent 'Irishj O'Connor,
who is now sporting a green sweater.
"Okey," as we call him, is interested
in motorcycles and mechanics of a
general nature. He is the part owner
of a Harley cycle and may be found
on any Saturday afternoon puttering
around it. It is of an ancient vintage,
but it is possible that Okey may coax
it to run some day. O'Connor
hopes to obtain work as a machinist
with Brown and Sharpe in Providence
after graduation. He sits now with
a broad smile on his face and is filling
out an application blank to this firm,
with the assistance of the instructor.
Sitting on my left is George Earle,
a most efficient reporter for the
Herald. "Screwey" is also one of our
best track men and a star catcher on
the baseball team. He wants to go
farther in school for the purpose of
becoming a civil engineer or a teacher.
He deserves all success and will find
a way to accomplish results.
Next comes George MacCormack.
"Mac" just at present is in deep
meditation over an article in Time.
He is a skillful hockey player and was
a very good man on the gridiron last
fall. In addition, he is our best
mathematician and a remarkably
good student in general. Mac's
ambition is to become an accountant.
The ninth member of the class,
ninth only in the order of discussion
in this article, is Waino Hakala, or
"Haky," as we call him. He is a
tall, lanky boy, noted for his baseball
ability. Haky has ambitions in the
engineering field and we wish him
success. He is now browsing through
the encyclopedia, but not aimlessly,
for Haky has sharp eyes, and remem-
bers what he reads.
The author of this article, Joseph
McDonald, or "Joe," as he is famil-
iarly known in the school, has been
able as a rule to hold his own in
athletics, of which he is very fond.
His ambition is to become a salesman
and he has had no difficulty in
getting along with people and actually
enjoys meeting and talking with them
'.7AY3IDK INN DIA:tY
Friday, June 19, 1936 Cloudy-
Gilbert K Chesterton, f ar ous British author, who died
this past week was, in December 1931, a guest at the Way-
side Inn. In one of the obituary accounts of his life
which appeared in the Boston Herald, mention is made of
this visit to the Inn. The account reads as follows:
"Gilbert K Chesterton, who found American
towns and villages generally an "eyesore"
was struck with the quiet beauty of the
New England countryside on his visit to
this section in December 1931, when he
was a four-day guest at Holy Cross Col-
lege. In subsequent letters to Rev Mich-
ael Earls, S J at Holy Cross, he re-
marked that the " literary highlight of
my visit was the trio to the "/ayside • «•
Inn " in nearby Sudbury."
Saturday, June 20, 193 p - Pleasant
"Graduation week" ended tonight with the Graduation
Ball. Old fashioned dancing was in order in the large Ball
room and our boys, accompanied by pretty young ladies,
marched in to the strains of a five piece orchestra. From
the gay laughter and applause which came forth from the di-
rection of the Ball roor all during the evening, we are
sure that a good time was enjoyed. One of our overnight
guests remarked on the unusual sight; a group of young pe-
ople engaged in the old dances. He said that he had en-
joyed watching the party very much and that he thought it
a great idea to revive the old dances. "It's a fine thing
for our young people", lie remarked.
lYSIDE inn diary
Sunday, June 21, 1S36 Pleasant
The most important thing we do on Sundry is to serve
meals. At noon time especially and long into the afternoon
our service centers mostly around the dining room, the pan-
try and the kitchen 'where orders for dinners are taken
care of as quickly as possible. In the front of the house,
too almost every guest who enters wants dinner. He studies
the menu, consults his wife, his family or his sweetheart,
as the case may be and then gives his choice. Sunday dinner
at the Wayside Inn is a kind of family party where guests
linger long over the di;mer table and eat their meal lei-
surely. Some families do not arrive until three or four
o'clock in the afternoon and make our dinner their one big
meal of the day. Other guests prefer dinner at night and en-
joy it in the cool twilight from a table on the porch.
Monday, June 22 , 1936 Fair
While one of the hostesses was taking a group through
the house today, a man, his wife and small boy joined the
group. In a minute our hostess noticed that the lady, who
had just entered the room, was suppressing sobs; she was
actually crying and trying hard not to make it noticeable
to the other guests. As the hostess talked she could see
that the other guests were absorbed in the story; they
were not mindful of the sobbing. The hostess continued,
es if there was no disturbance, yet she was not unmindful
of the tears. But as the story unfolded and the guests were
told of Longfellow and his association with the Inn, our
lady became more calm, the sobs be erne less frequent md
she was interested . TDien the "jovial rhyme, writ near a
century ago by the great Major Molineaux" was quoted, there
appeared a real smile and before the group vent upstairs,
the lady was heard to actually laugh!
Tuesday, June 23, 1936 Cloudy
Every hostess makes a small collection of personal
cards, that is cards which our guests present when they
come into the house, or on leaving after they have become
acquainted. Oftentimes the card gives a business address
and tells in what particular line of business our guest is
employed. The variety of business interests represented is
notable. A few, received this past week are as follows:
Robert **yle President, The Conrad Pyle Co.
Star Rose Growers, '.Vest Grove, Pa.
M Williams Operating Manager, General Electric Co.
Supply Corporation, Boston, Mass.
C E Downs Marge son
Vice President, A E Long & Son, Inc.
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Tuesday, June 23, 1936 (cont)
Shelby M Harbison General Diractor
The Hussell Sage foundation
New York City
"edne.day, June 24, 1936
Partly cloudy oc rain
One of our most popular exhibits is the Sap Bucket
in the Bar room. Guests enjoy it very much. They linger a-
round it. They read the handwriting on the bottom of it,
and remark about the unusual, interesting groups of auto-
graphs thereon. Lately the last signature, that of Edward,
King of England, has had especial notice. This evening the
sap bucket reminded one of our guests of a story. She said
that her grandfather professed himself to be a very pious
man. He lived on a farm .n Vermont where it was necessary
to gather maple sap in buckets like our fair.ous bucket. The
grandfather usually observed Sunday in a very religious
manner. In the Spring, however, when the sap was running
freely, it must be taken care of every dry, even on Sundry.
Gathering the sap on this particular farm fell to the lot
of one of the small bo ,r s. The small boy was wont to whistle
a tune as he made the rounds of the
day grandfather said: "No, you must
gather the sap. You can collect the
must not whistle on ^-mnday!"
maple trees, but on Sun-
never whistle as you
sap as usual, but you
Thursday, June 25, 193 6
We were amused tonight when members of the 1934 calss
of the Milford, N H High School held a reunion in the large
dining room. Not a very large number attended, but they
were a jolly group. After dinner some lively speech making
took piece and the toast master called on each person to
give a brief account of his or her present occupation. First
on young lady would stand and announce; " Married and happy."
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Thursday, June 25, 193 6(cont)
Another on said:" I'm in training to be a nurse". Then a
young man exclaimed. "Haven't had any work for a year but
hope something will turn up soon!" So it went on until the
toast master suggested that the meeting come to a close.
Before leaving, however, these young people wanted to make
plans for another reunion next year. They ranted to "com-
pare notes" again. We hope their next reunion will be at
Friday, June 26, 193 6 Pleasant
Conversations in French, Swedish, Spanish and Ital-
ian came floating to our ears as twnety-two countries were
represented in the group of 147 who crrae for dinner this
evening. It was a group of experts on the subject of soil
conservation having an International Conference at Harvard
University. A few wives accompanied the group but the ma-
jority of the group were men of exceptional ability in
their own field. A young man from Mexico was especially
interested and as he went about through the house he acted
as an interpreter for his wife. One of the Harvard profes-
sors, Professor Kirk Bryan who teaches Economic Theology,
expressed his appreciation of the Inn and his interest in
the Ford organization. He said: "I'm a professor of econom-
ics and I think Mr Ford is one of the greatest economists
in the world."
Saturd&y, June 27, 1936 Pleasant
The sale of books and post cards has increased con-
siderably during the past week. Long columns of figures ap-
pear under the Post Card space on our Daily Nummary cards.
We sell a great many sets of cards, each set consisting of
six cards for 25^. The "Story of Mary's Lamb" can be pur-
chased for 25 cents also and the special edition of the
"Tales of a Wayside Inn" is popular at $1.75. Miss de Mille
spends most of her spare time in the morning making up sets
of post cards and wrapping books. The other morning she had
prepared a high pile of both books and post card sets when
a group of 13 ladies descended upon her and the tall piles
were reduced to a minimum. Miss de Mille had to begin all
toutj) Sunburn, |JUss.
This stamp is put into every cook sold.
WAYSIDE INN DIARY
Sunday, June 28, 1936 Pleasant
"The Sabbath is the golden clasp that binds togeth-
er the volu-e of the week"
All was quiet and still near the kitchen window to-
day, except for the chirping of birds. In the shade of the
poplar trees were scattered bread crumbs on the grass. Em-
ma, our cook, puts them there every day. She chirps tp the
birds, she talks with their., and calls them to her. The birds
come, they peck and the crusts and carry them away. Few of
our guests are aware of this. It's something that happens
quietly and unobtrusively, away from the ttfamp of feet and
sound of voices in the front part of the house.
"Do you ne'er think what wondrous beings these?
Do you ne'er think who made them and who taught
The dialect they speak, where melodies
Alone ar e the interpreters of thought?
"hose household words are songs in many kej^s,
Sweeter than instrument of man e'er caught!
"hose habitations in the tree tops even
Are halfway houses on the road to heaven."
From Longfellow's Tales cf a Wayside Inn
The Birds of Killingworth
The Poet's Tale
Monday, June 29, 1936 Pleasant
Bus loads of people came today. Some of them had lunch-
eon while others, the regular every day Gray Line group, en-
joyed a tour through the house. The latter group, by the way,
are some of the most interested visitors we entertain. While
they must necessarily see the house hurriedly, they appreci-
ate everything we tell them about it. They say that it is
the most interesting place they have seen and very often ex-
press a wish to stay longer. Sometimes they jot down in note
books the special points of interest and the prices of rooms
and meals, promising to come again. The ous horn toots, and
they are off I
Tuesday, June 30, 1936 Cloudy
We frequently find useful and informative articles in
current magazines; articles of interest which could give us
facts and historical data that we can in turn pass on to our
onw guests. In the July issue of the Readers Digest is a con-
densed article written bjr Carl Sandburg on Abraham Lincoln,
at Gettysburg. He begins by telling about Edward Everett, the
great orator, Governor of Massachusetts, President of Har-
vard and one time Ambassador of Great Britain. Mr Sandburg